by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 234thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 869thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 934th
The Kingdom of
Corporate Police State
Weapon breaks your bones, but Wards can break your soul
King Wilheim IV Torbjorn
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population2.21 billion

LeaderKing Wilheim IV Torbjorn


The Kingdom of Wardency is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by King Wilheim IV Torbjorn with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.21 billion Wardens are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Priastand. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 77.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Warden economy, worth 454 trillion Blemflarcks a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 205,784 Blemflarcks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,263,023 per year while the poor average 14,674, a ratio of 86.1 to 1.

King Wilheim IV Torbjorn's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Wardency, the industries of Wardency are coughing all the way to the bank, and one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Wardency's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Notchism.

Wardency is ranked 204,856th in the world and 10,077th in The North Pacific for Safest, scoring 5.79 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 234thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 869thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 934thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,365thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,531stMost Avoided: 1,942ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,012thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2,692ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,740thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,043rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,226thLargest Black Market: 3,285thHighest Average Incomes: 5,865thFattest Citizens: 5,926thMost Efficient Economies: 6,076thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,264thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,165thMost Armed: 9,546thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,365thLargest Governments: 11,872ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,409thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,062ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,966thMost Conservative: 20,021stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20,688th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 45th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 47th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 51st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 55th in the regionMost Avoided: 62nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 80th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 104th in the regionLargest Black Market: 105th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 106th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 113th in the regionFattest Citizens: 215th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 220th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 243rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 270th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 324th in the regionMost Armed: 339th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 346th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 531st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 559th in the regionLargest Governments: 561st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 711th in the regionRudest Citizens: 783rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 986th in the region

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