by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 148thMost Armed: 4,270thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,056th
The Sanctus Luciferi Astraea of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Archkeeper of the Celestium
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population577 million


CurrencyApple of Knowledge

The Sanctus Luciferi Astraea of Rosartemis is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 577 million Cultists are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baphomet. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 67.1%.

The frighteningly efficient a Believer economy, worth 78.0 trillion Apples of Knowledge a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Pizza Delivery. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 135,211 Apples of Knowledge, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 405,635 per year while the poor average 35,204, a ratio of 11.5 to 1.

Loud Patriotic Music Day has been ranked the seventh best new holiday of the year, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, political activists are routinely executed, and the world still seems flat to some people in space. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rosartemis's national animal is the Serpent, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Rosartemis is ranked 285,580th in the world and 309th in Astoria for Nudest, with 8.25 cheeks per square mile.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 148thTop
Most Armed: 4,270thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,056thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,146thMost Avoided: 5,710thMost Devout: 7,101stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,116thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,117thFattest Citizens: 8,588thMost Conservative: 9,023rdMost Corrupt Governments: 12,900thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,585thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 15,085thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,515thMost Authoritarian: 16,462ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17,212thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,682ndMost Patriotic: 18,632ndHighest Average Incomes: 27,837thMost Efficient Economies: 29,092nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
Most Armed: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Patriotic: 13th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 25th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 31st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the region

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