by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 25thLargest Populations: 79thHighest Crime Rates: 193rd
The Startling Empire of
l'Union fait la force, la force fait l'union
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Population39.829 billion

LeaderFarao Rambert IV
FaithHeavy Metal


The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Farao Rambert IV with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, sprawling nuclear power plants, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 39.829 billion Riems live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal government prioritizes Education, with Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riemstagradgrad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Riem economy, worth a remarkable 5,966 trillion dinars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 149,811 dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens hear a diversity of opinions from a range of billionaire-owned corporations, the government thinks Riems can achieve social cohesion by drinking soda together, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms, and the nation is wading into dangerous waters. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Riemstagrad's national animal is the agapornis, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Heavy Metal.

Riemstagrad is ranked 30,523rd in the world and 33rd in belgium for Most Developed, scoring 75.07 on the Human Development Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 25thLargest Populations: 79thHighest Crime Rates: 193rdMost Rebellious Youth: 264thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 274thMost Armed: 296thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 682ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 796thMost Avoided: 852ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 898thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,076thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,200thMost Efficient Economies: 1,418thHighest Economic Output: 1,512thRudest Citizens: 1,604thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,711thFattest Citizens: 2,296thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,409thMost Influential: 2,803rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,935thLargest Mining Sector: 3,266thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,887thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,968thMost Secular: 5,706thLargest Black Market: 8,901stNudest: 10,099thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,147thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,702ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,251stMost Cultured: 13,897thHighest Average Incomes: 14,178thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,727thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,880thHighest Drug Use: 17,588thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,657thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21,101st
Most Armed: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 17th in the region

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