by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,576thMost Influential: 4,253rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,876th
The Empire of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population1.252 billion

CapitalSaint Petersburg
LeaderLex Luthor

CurrencyPound Sterling

The Empire of Habsburg-Lorriane is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lex Luthor with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and feral children. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.252 billion Habsburg-Lorrianeans 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Petersburg. The average income tax rate is 69.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Habsburg-Lorrianean economy, worth 144 trillion Pound Sterlings a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 115,260 Pound Sterlings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government loves seeing the little people fight, the well-to-do in The East Pacific are never on time for important appointments, retail stores are known for creating their own oddly-similar holidays in the months preceding any major festivity, and stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Habsburg-Lorriane's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Habsburg-Lorriane is ranked 187,760th in the world and 8,305th in The East Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 86.1 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,576thMost Influential: 4,253rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,876thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,783rdLargest Publishing Industry: 13,726thMost Cultured: 14,727thMost Efficient Economies: 17,873rdMost Advanced Public Education: 18,205thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,298thHighest Drug Use: 18,952ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19,392ndMost Subsidized Industry: 19,420thHealthiest Citizens: 20,402ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,617th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 234th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 277th in the regionMost Influential: 286th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 339th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 359th in the regionMost Cultured: 369th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 403rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 414th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 470th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 511th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 519th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 526th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 528th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 573rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 581st in the regionLargest Governments: 586th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 599th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 604th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 610th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 629th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 635th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 636th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 640th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 652nd in the regionMost Developed: 675th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 718th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 747th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 766th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 804th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 822nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 890th in the region

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