by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 65thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 68thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 132nd
The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
For the Emperor, For Friently, For the Empire!
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population8.61 billion

CapitalImperial Münich
LeaderEmperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII
FaithThe Twin Angels

AnimalGerman Eagle

The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, rampant corporate plagiarism, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.61 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, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial Münich. The average income tax rate is 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Imperial Friently economy, worth a remarkable 2,710 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 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 314,764 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, war vets look after war animals, and the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists. 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 teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The Twin Angels.

Friently is ranked 4,714th in the world and 262nd in The North Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 41.65 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 65thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 68thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 132ndLargest Black Market: 735thHighest Average Incomes: 1,815thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,091stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,254thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 3,969thLargest Governments: 4,714thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,305thHighest Economic Output: 5,672ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,371stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,438thLowest Crime Rates: 6,869thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,272ndMost Authoritarian: 9,697thMost Conservative: 9,776thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,082ndMost Armed: 12,461stMost Influential: 12,499thMost Stationary: 12,893rdLargest Publishing Industry: 16,851stLongest Average Lifespans: 18,110thMost Avoided: 18,582ndSmartest Citizens: 19,220thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,054thMost Developed: 22,588th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 81st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 86th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 127th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 162nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 175th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 237th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 262nd in the regionLargest Governments: 262nd in the regionMost Stationary: 287th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 331st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 359th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 405th in the regionMost Armed: 427th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 456th in the regionMost Conservative: 487th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 683rd in the regionMost Avoided: 751st in the regionLargest Populations: 760th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 836th in the regionMost Extreme: 899th in the region

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