by Max Barry

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Fattest Citizens: 3,905th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4,200th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,294th
The Holy Empire of
Capitalist Paradise
Deus Vult
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Some

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South Edessa

Population691 million

CapitalEdessa

CurrencyGold Shekel
AnimalSheep

The Holy Empire of South Edessa is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 691 million Edessans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Edessa. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.7%.

The all-consuming South Edessan economy, worth 77.8 trillion Gold Shekels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 112,582 Gold Shekels, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 567,721 per year while the poor average 12,446, a ratio of 45.6 to 1.

Street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns, and funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. South Edessa's national animal is the Sheep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

South Edessa is ranked 15,780th in the world and 410th in The East Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 8,231.99 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 3,905thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,200thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,294thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,479thMost Devout: 5,098thMost Avoided: 5,319thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,604thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,688thLargest Retail Industry: 5,929thMost Influential: 7,295thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,316thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,399thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,970thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,085thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,634thMost Armed: 13,632ndMost Corrupt Governments: 15,219thMost Pro-Market: 15,755thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,780th
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Fattest Citizens: 68th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 76th in the regionMost Avoided: 95th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 100th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 104th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 114th in the regionMost Devout: 115th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 136th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 217th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 232nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 237th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 269th in the regionMost Armed: 270th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 314th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 374th in the regionRudest Citizens: 396th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 410th in the regionMost Influential: 460th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 509th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 573rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 650th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 658th in the regionMost Cultured: 682nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 691st in the region

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