by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4,190th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,261st Most Secular: 6,548th
The Empire of
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Population2.09 billion

CurrencyGold Mark
AnimalMountain Lion

The Empire of Xanathium is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, unlimited-speed roads, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.09 billion Xanathiumians 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. The average income tax rate is 65.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Xanathiumian economy, worth 238 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 slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified 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 113,989 Gold Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank, taking a walk on the wild side is punishable by death, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Xanathium's national animal is the Mountain Lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Xanathium is ranked 150,891st in the world and 33rd in Union of Justice for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -7.75 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4,190thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,261stMost Secular: 6,548thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,224thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,811thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,893rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,297thLargest Black Market: 14,382ndMost Corrupt Governments: 14,881stMost Authoritarian: 15,040thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,261st

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