by Max Barry

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Rudest Citizens: 18thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 34thMost Efficient Economies: 35th
The Enlightened Empire of
Capitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
The circle closes. The end begins.
Supreme Leader Sophis
General Secretary
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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The Paradimensional Ascendancy

Population9.288 billion

Capitalthe Spire
LeaderSupreme Leader Sophis
Faiththe stance that it is so very silly

CurrencyDigital Unit
AnimalOpticated Mellowbird

The Enlightened Empire of The Paradimensional Ascendancy is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Supreme Leader Sophis with an even hand, and notable for its closed borders, pith helmet sales, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 9.288 billion Sovereign Entities enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Spire. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ascendant economy, worth a remarkable 5,437 trillion Digital Units a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is a breathtaking 585,395 Digital Units, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,451,942 per year while the poor average 5,662, a ratio of 962 to 1.

The streets are ravaged by murder and violence to prove political points, new urban roads are threatening city parks, literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts, and high school career advisors advise belligerent loners to consider vigilantism. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Paradimensional Ascendancy's national animal is the Opticated Mellowbird, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the stance that it is so very silly.

The Paradimensional Ascendancy is ranked 119th in the world and 1st in Sivella for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 39,605.8 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Rudest Citizens: 18thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 34thMost Efficient Economies: 35thFattest Citizens: 39thMost Scientifically Advanced: 50thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 51stHighest Disposable Incomes: 63rdMost Secular: 63rdMost Avoided: 80thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 89thLargest Retail Industry: 99thMost Armed: 100thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 119thMost Corrupt Governments: 143rdHighest Average Incomes: 154thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 207thHighest Crime Rates: 223rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 273rdLargest Gambling Industry: 283rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 284thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 304thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 323rdLargest Insurance Industry: 334thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 401stSmartest Citizens: 408thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 423rdMost Subsidized Industry: 447thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 612thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 618thLargest Information Technology Sector: 673rdLargest Governments: 680thLargest Mining Sector: 700thLargest Agricultural Sector: 885thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,165thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,309thHighest Economic Output: 1,597thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,626thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,129thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,515thMost Stationary: 9,741stMost Cultured: 10,987thTop
Largest Black Market: 11,850thMost Influential: 14,979thMost Pro-Market: 15,298thHighest Drug Use: 17,164th

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