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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 122ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 253rd
The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
For the Emperor, For Friently, For the Empire!
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Friently

Population6.949 billion

CapitalImperial Münich
LeaderEmperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII
FaithCatholicism

CurrencyReichsEuro
AnimalGerman Eagle

The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII with an iron fist, and remarkable for its aversion to nipples, zero percent divorce rate, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.949 billion Imperial Citizens 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, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial Münich. The average income tax rate is 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Imperial Friently economy, worth a remarkable 1,791 trillion ReichsEuros 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 amazing 257,863 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government spends billions to protect Friently from a disaster that is one in a million, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, the might of the entire Imperial Friently Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Friently's national animal is the German Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Friently is ranked 199,752nd in the world and 8,912th in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 34.19 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 122ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 253rdLargest Black Market: 1,310thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,671stHighest Average Incomes: 3,096thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,396thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,113thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,559thLargest Governments: 6,074thLowest Crime Rates: 6,869thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,768thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,899thMost Authoritarian: 8,140thHighest Economic Output: 8,565thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,329thMost Conservative: 10,137thTop
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Most Influential: 12,127thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,625thMost Stationary: 14,462ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,936thMost Secular: 18,926th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 56th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 107th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 157th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 201st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 212th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 243rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 263rd in the regionLargest Governments: 322nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 330th in the regionMost Stationary: 331st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 338th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 356th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 449th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 464th in the regionMost Conservative: 555th in the regionMost Armed: 603rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 693rd in the regionLargest Populations: 757th in the regionMost Extreme: 815th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 872nd in the region

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