by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 121stBest Weather: 239th
The Holy Empire of
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Population39.26 billion

LeaderEmperor Emmanuel


The Holy Empire of Pogaria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Emmanuel with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 39.26 billion Pogarians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dominion. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but underdeveloped Pogarian economy, worth a remarkable 3,449 trillion kosses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 87,865 kosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The law says that all Pogarians are created equal — no matter how they were created, burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, and the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pogaria's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Truthism.

Pogaria is ranked 335th in the world and 1st in The Empire for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 3,801.49 Tourists Per Hour.

Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 121stBest Weather: 239thMost Cheerful Citizens: 252ndMost Pacifist: 275thNicest Citizens: 319thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 335thMost Beautiful Environments: 336thSafest: 372ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 402ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 402ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 507thLowest Crime Rates: 586thHealthiest Citizens: 859thLargest Governments: 864thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,148thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,363rdMost Cultured: 1,378thMost Devout: 1,500thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,584thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,594thSmartest Citizens: 2,095thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,814thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,939thHighest Economic Output: 3,774thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,402ndMost Inclusive: 4,430thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,505thMost Influential: 5,994thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,184thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,452ndTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 15,207thMost Income Equality: 16,469thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,549thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,114th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting the Rights of Labour Unions".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Roavin".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Gay Panic defense Ban".
  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Lily".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting People with Disabilities".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Northern Borland"".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Whistleblower Protection Act".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Embassy".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Right To Secure Digital Communication".
  • : Pogaria was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: None.

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