by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 569th Lowest Crime Rates: 1,562nd Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,609th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
A Guiding Hand is Essential to a Nation's success.
Jameson King
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population2.179 billion

LeaderJameson King


The Empire of Tertania is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Jameson King with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, anti-smoking policies, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.179 billion Tertanians 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 Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Isonphis. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Tertanian economy, worth 479 trillion Tertans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 220,198 Tertans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Government popup ads are springing up like weeds, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls, troublemakers boast about how many times they have to visit their therapist, and newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tertania's national animal is the raven, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Tertania is ranked 54,930th in the world and 217th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 3,711.57 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Secular: 569thLowest Crime Rates: 1,562ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,609thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,704thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,940thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,021stMost Influential: 2,290thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,656thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,906thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,004thLargest Governments: 3,041stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,260thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,438thHealthiest Citizens: 3,478thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,289thHighest Average Incomes: 4,321stSmartest Citizens: 4,949thMost Developed: 5,293rdMost Advanced Public Education: 7,715thTop
Most Authoritarian: 9,038thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,888thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,222ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,232ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,515thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,528thBest Weather: 12,706thMost Conservative: 13,529thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,644thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,814thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,660thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,210th
Most Secular: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 26th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 30th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 42nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 45th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 47th in the regionBest Weather: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 53rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 54th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 58th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 59th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Tertania voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, troublemakers boast about how many times they have to visit their therapist.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, government popup ads are springing up like weeds.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, the national census includes an opt-in to join the government-run dating service.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains.


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