by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,568thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,569thMost Armed: 3,708th
The Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Today a Kingdom, Tomorrow an Empire
King John II
Lord Founder of Heart
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population9.802 billion

LeaderKing John II
FaithThe Holy Shrine of Dr Owl


The Kingdom of Salibaic is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King John II with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.802 billion Salibaicians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Education also on the agenda, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dunbarline. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 89.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Salibaician economy, worth a remarkable 1,494 trillion Yets 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. 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 152,470 Yets, with the richest citizens earning 6.7 times as much as the poorest.

Noble feuds don't end until one side gets their point across, power to the people comes from the barrel of a gun, the line of people waiting for a visa interview in front of foreign embassies is typically a mile long, and King John II is plotting to coup the Pacific (Salibaic has found 1 easter egg). Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Salibaic's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Holy Shrine of Dr Owl.

Salibaic is ranked 3,569th in the world and 1st in Heart for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 41,370.17 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,568thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,569thMost Armed: 3,708thLargest Black Market: 5,032ndMost Patriotic: 5,298thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,538thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,005thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,720thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,317thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,324thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,481stHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,057thMost Devout: 10,830thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,540thLargest Governments: 11,802ndLowest Crime Rates: 11,823rdMost Developed: 14,351stMost Authoritarian: 14,525thHighest Economic Output: 14,622ndMost Beautiful Environments: 14,862ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,033rdTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 15,895thHighest Average Incomes: 15,929thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,443rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,790thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,612thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,152ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23,247thLongest Average Lifespans: 23,923rdMost Efficient Economies: 26,602ndBest Weather: 29,386thSmartest Citizens: 29,598th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Salibaic was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Salibaic was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments and the Top 10% for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Salibaic was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Salibaic was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Salibaic was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments and the Top 10% for Best Weather.
  • : Salibaic lodged a message on the Heart Regional Message Board.
  • : Salibaic's influence in Heart rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Salibaic lodged a message on the Force Regional Message Board.
  • : The Commonwealth of Hua appointed Salibaic as Lord Founder of Heart with authority over Appearance, Border Control, Communications, Embassies, and Polls in Heart.
  • : Salibaic's influence in Heart rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".