by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 78thLargest Publishing Industry: 250thMost Devout: 531st
The Holy Empire of
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Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
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Population21.401 billion

Leaderthe Chancellor


The Holy Empire of Zyrcrestia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Chancellor with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, avowedly heterosexual populace, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 21.401 billion Zyrcrestians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zyrtulai. The average income tax rate is 46.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zyrcrestian economy, worth a remarkable 4,683 trillion zyrces a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 218,848 zyrces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society, third world countries are rich in "I Love Zyrtulai" t-shirts, the new biography of the Chancellor is subtitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Bomb", and only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens. Crime is totally unknown. Zyrcrestia's national animal is the raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Zyrcrestia is ranked 1,138th in the world and 16th in 10000 Islands for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 10,581.75 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 78thLargest Publishing Industry: 250thMost Devout: 531stLeast Corrupt Governments: 843rdMost Cultured: 1,045thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,138thSafest: 1,392ndSmartest Citizens: 1,752ndHighest Economic Output: 1,995thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,133rdMost Developed: 2,156thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,189thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,216thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,376thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,409thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,919thHealthiest Citizens: 4,602ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,699thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,733rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,807thHighest Average Incomes: 4,936thMost Stationary: 4,996thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,102ndLargest Populations: 5,325thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,433rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,514thBest Weather: 6,273rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,210thMost Efficient Economies: 7,644thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,995thLargest Governments: 8,526thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,666thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,763rdMost Pacifist: 12,447thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,576thLargest Retail Industry: 12,707thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,775thNicest Citizens: 18,838thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,522ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19,523rd
Most Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 25th in the regionSafest: 29th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 42nd in the regionLargest Populations: 45th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 46th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 47th in the regionMost Developed: 48th in the regionMost Stationary: 49th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 51st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 62nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 70th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 72nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 72nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 73rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 85th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 85th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 86th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 90th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 90th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 91st in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 106th in the regionLargest Governments: 115th in the regionBest Weather: 123rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 151st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 171st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 186th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 188th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 201st in the region

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