by Max Barry

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,444th Highest Economic Output: 1,528th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,614th
The Empire of
Capitalist Paradise
In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.
Regional Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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The Empire of Storm Gard is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 17.512 billion Storm Gardians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Core Prime. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Storm Gardian economy, worth a remarkable 3,998 trillion Union Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 228,303 Union Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 801,057 per year while the poor average 47,200, a ratio of 17.0 to 1.

The hardest thing for a mining operation to dig through is government red tape, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", cheap and tasteless vegetables flood the markets, and biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar. Crime is totally unknown. Storm Gard's national animal is the Monkey, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Storm Gard is ranked 67,357th in the world and 38th in The Local Cluster for Highest Crime Rates, with 3.42 Crimes Per Hour.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,444thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 1,528thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,614thMost Armed: 1,807thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,086thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,141stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,238thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,449thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,505thLargest Mining Sector: 2,529thRudest Citizens: 2,714thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,842ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,969thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,484thMost Avoided: 3,527thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,754thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,353rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,713thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,757thLargest Populations: 4,770thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,084thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,397thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,923rdMost Secular: 6,328thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,871stTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 7,681stMost Stationary: 8,807thMost Efficient Economies: 10,374thLargest Black Market: 10,408thMost Cultured: 12,326thMost Influential: 12,992ndSmartest Citizens: 13,090thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,302ndMost Rebellious Youth: 14,085th
Top
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionTop
10%
Most Influential: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, cheap and tasteless vegetables flood the markets.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, the hardest thing for a mining operation to dig through is government red tape.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Monkey'.
  • : Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed.

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