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Most Influential: 150thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 188thHighest Poor Incomes: 370th
The Holy Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Empire et mon droit
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.741 billion

CapitalEl Escorial
FaithImperial Cult


The Holy Imperium of Ostermarch is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Maximilian with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, avowedly heterosexual populace, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.741 billion Imperials 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Escorial. The average income tax rate is 92.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 3,721 trillion crowns a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 425,764 crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, and people are often woken up by rubbish music. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostermarch's national animal is the demigryph, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Ostermarch is ranked 26,066th in the world and 317th in Europe for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 7.74 Bank.

Most Influential: 150thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 188thHighest Poor Incomes: 370thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 390thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 482ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 522ndLargest Black Market: 539thLargest Retail Industry: 593rdHighest Average Incomes: 615thMost Corrupt Governments: 687thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 784thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 788thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 905thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 908thLargest Insurance Industry: 931stMost Avoided: 1,040thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,107thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,127thLowest Crime Rates: 1,182ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,338thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,352ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,634thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,747thLargest Mining Sector: 2,077thMost Devout: 2,266thFattest Citizens: 2,272ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,311thTop
Largest Governments: 2,738thRudest Citizens: 2,981stHighest Economic Output: 3,401stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,989thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,910thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,441stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,042ndMost Developed: 8,699thSmartest Citizens: 9,780thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,858thTop
Most Stationary: 12,764thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,637thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,410thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,134th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 28th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 38th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 44th in the regionMost Stationary: 52nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Influential: 53rd in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 68th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 99th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 100th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 123rd in the region

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