by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 291st Most Influential: 392nd Largest Manufacturing Sector: 416th
The Sawtooth Badlands of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Ride eternal, shiny, and chrome!
Warchieftain Carolus Ironhorse
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The Black Cathedral

Population1.453 billion

LeaderWarchieftain Carolus Ironhorse


The Sawtooth Badlands of The Black Cathedral is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Warchieftain Carolus Ironhorse with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, enslaved workforce, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.453 billion Sawteeth 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 primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Spirituality, and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gaztown. The average income tax rate is 80.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sawtooth economy, worth 356 trillion Gallons 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 245,348 Gallons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net, trade deals are born to the sound of a royal woman's anguished screams, and failure to pay the thrice-daily homage to the divine Warchieftain Carolus Ironhorse is punishable by death. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Black Cathedral's national animal is the Gormling, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ormagödenism.

The Black Cathedral is ranked 170,533rd in the world and 9,215th in The North Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 8.67 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 291stMost Influential: 392ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 416thMost Devout: 512thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 910thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 943rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,480thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,520thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,544thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,571stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,571stTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,813thMost Avoided: 2,128thMost Conservative: 2,605thLargest Black Market: 2,664thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,669thHighest Average Incomes: 3,018thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,146thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,555thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,716thLowest Crime Rates: 7,683rdTop
Largest Governments: 8,775thMost Authoritarian: 9,728thFattest Citizens: 12,616thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,027thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,626thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,431stLargest Insurance Industry: 14,958thMost Efficient Economies: 16,618th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Devout: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 32nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 44th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 49th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 52nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 59th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 69th in the regionMost Avoided: 69th in the regionLargest Black Market: 84th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 95th in the regionMost Influential: 132nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 133rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 139th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 167th in the regionMost Conservative: 182nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 261st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 376th in the regionLargest Governments: 432nd in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 468th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 556th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 564th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 661st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 770th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 801st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 837th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 850th in the region

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