by Max Barry

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Least Corrupt Governments: 10,531stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,894thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,459th
The Holy Empire of
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We Will Never Surrender
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population811 million



The Holy Empire of Ferneus is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its smutty television, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 811 million Fernusis are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Favenik. The average income tax rate is 66.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Ferneusian economy, worth 32.8 trillion shillings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Pizza Delivery industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Furniture Restoration, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 40,419 shillings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler', Favenik's flashy holiday light displays can be seen from space, and the Ferneus Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ferneus's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ferneus is ranked 63,414th in the world and 5th in Lezra for Nudest, with 169.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Least Corrupt Governments: 10,531stTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,894thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,459thMost Cheerful Citizens: 21,767th

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