by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,680thBest Weather: 4,927thMost Efficient Economies: 5,736th
The Imperial Empire of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Teikō suru Tatakai
Emperor Shino Kyuwa
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population5.384 billion

LeaderEmperor Shino Kyuwa

CurrencyBlossom Credit
AnimalPeregine Falcon

The Imperial Empire of Drifterica is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Shino Kyuwa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 5.384 billion Driftericans 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 Industry, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Honiahaka. The average income tax rate is 72.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Drifterican economy, worth 879 trillion Blossom Credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 163,301 Blossom Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Children seem to be getting better at lying these days, Emperor Shino Kyuwa's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, and the nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in Balder. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Drifterica's national animal is the Peregine Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Drifterica is ranked 88,203rd in the world and 3,179th in Balder for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 1,383.49 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,680thBest Weather: 4,927thMost Efficient Economies: 5,736thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,465thLowest Crime Rates: 7,468thHealthiest Citizens: 7,518thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,646thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,904thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,446thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,920thMost Developed: 9,639thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,689thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,534thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,706thHighest Average Incomes: 10,834thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,395thLargest Governments: 12,284thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,497thSmartest Citizens: 13,094thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,226thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,298thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,365thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,084thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,649thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,284thMost Inclusive: 16,424thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,859thHighest Economic Output: 19,177thMost Secular: 20,086th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 82nd in the regionBest Weather: 233rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 254th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 358th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 362nd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 379th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 392nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 396th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 412th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 438th in the regionMost Developed: 481st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 490th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 497th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 535th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 553rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 573rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 623rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 624th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 667th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 670th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 688th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 694th in the regionLargest Governments: 699th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Drifterica, the nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in Balder.
  • : Drifterica's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Drifterica's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Drifterica's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Drifterica's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Drifterica altered its national flag.
  • : Drifterica was refounded in Balder.
  • : Drifterica ceased to exist in Lazarus.
  • : Drifterica's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Drifterica's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".


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