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Most Devout: 36thMost Corrupt Governments: 43rdMost Efficient Economies: 73rd
The Galactic Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Give Me Glorious Victory Or Give Me Honorable Death
Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Flarbinia

Population18.415 billion

CapitalDeroth Ungol
LeaderGrand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
FaithChurch Of Crulmoxius

CurrencyShark'towel
AnimalHellhound

The Galactic Empire of Flarbinia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.415 billion Flarbinians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deroth Ungol. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Flarbinian economy, worth an astonishing 10,237 trillion Shark'towels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is a breathtaking 555,954 Shark'towels, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,130,755 per year while the poor average 48,680, a ratio of 64.3 to 1.

Tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs, Flarbinia Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere', high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD, and a ban on robots in disguise has transformed the entertainment industry. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Flarbinia's national animal is the Hellhound, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church Of Crulmoxius.

Flarbinia is ranked 225,776th in the world and 8,419th in Lazarus for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -26.08 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Devout: 36thMost Corrupt Governments: 43rdMost Efficient Economies: 73rdMost Avoided: 78thHighest Disposable Incomes: 81stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 167thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 173rdLargest Retail Industry: 174thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 182ndMost Cultured: 182ndHighest Average Incomes: 193rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 203rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 203rdLargest Mining Sector: 204thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 217thLargest Insurance Industry: 280thLargest Gambling Industry: 295thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 365thFattest Citizens: 384thHighest Economic Output: 415thMost Armed: 428thLargest Agricultural Sector: 472ndRudest Citizens: 481stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 582ndLowest Crime Rates: 585thMost Scientifically Advanced: 594thMost Subsidized Industry: 633rdLargest Governments: 817thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,001stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,113thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,307thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,719thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,921stTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,942ndLargest Black Market: 3,153rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,855thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,082ndLargest Populations: 8,071stMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,201stSmartest Citizens: 11,058thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,787thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,379thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,178th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Governments: 33rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 40th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 46th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 58th in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 100th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 104th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 147th in the regionLargest Black Market: 171st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 218th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 230th in the regionLargest Populations: 240th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 361st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 370th in the regionMost Stationary: 390th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 460th in the regionMost Influential: 572nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 609th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, a ban on robots in disguise has transformed the entertainment industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, Flarbinia Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere'.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, the government blames all suspicious phenomena on flying saucers.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Hellhounds and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, major polluting industries have painted a lot of their machines green to give an impression of caring about the environment.

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