by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,712thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,307thMost Secular: 7,744th
The Empire of
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Population3.945 billion

CurrencyGold Mark
AnimalMountain Lion

The Empire of Xanathium is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, state-planned economy, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.945 billion Xanathiumians 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 70.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Xanathiumian economy, worth 447 trillion Gold Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 113,466 Gold Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The subway is dead quiet in early afternoons, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Xanathium at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, and torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Xanathium's national animal is the Mountain Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Xanathium is ranked 24,707th in the world and 2nd in Institute of Cellulose for Most Authoritarian, with 1,986.95 milliStalins.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,712thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,307thMost Secular: 7,744thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,053rdTop
Largest Black Market: 12,031stLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,038thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,042ndHighest Poor Incomes: 14,831stMost Corrupt Governments: 17,908thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,087thLowest Crime Rates: 19,532ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,644th

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