by Max Barry

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,447th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,544th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,894th
The Born Again Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Feel The Warmth of The God In The Steam
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Greater Midwest Region

Population2.599 billion

CapitalNew Sioux City
LeaderDivine Interpreter Corvo Sycamore
FaithChurch of Rebirth

CurrencyMidwestern Mark

The Born Again Empire of The Greater Midwest Region is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Divine Interpreter Corvo Sycamore with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.599 billion Midwesteners are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Sioux City. The average income tax rate is 73.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Midwestern economy, worth 563 trillion Midwestern Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 216,649 Midwestern Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Protecting the land is holey work, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed, sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming, and Divine Interpreter Corvo Sycamore is too busy listening to praise to get any work done. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Greater Midwest Region's national animal is the Elk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church of Rebirth.

The Greater Midwest Region is ranked 121,962nd in the world and 5th in The Backrooms for Nudest, with 64 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,447thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,544thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,894thLargest Retail Industry: 2,973rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,979thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,185thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,523rdLargest Black Market: 4,073rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,088thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,264thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,467thHighest Average Incomes: 4,495thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,851stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,022ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,050thFattest Citizens: 6,462ndTop
Largest Governments: 8,148thMost Efficient Economies: 9,897thSmartest Citizens: 10,583rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,797thMost Influential: 11,892ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,104thLowest Crime Rates: 12,268thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,837thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,207thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,486thMost Developed: 13,593rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,670th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the region

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