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The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently

“For the Emperor, For Friently, For the Empire!”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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Friently

Population6.981 billion

CapitalImperial Münich
LeaderEmperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII
FaithCatholicism

CurrencyReichsEuro
AnimalGerman Eagle

The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, avant-garde cinema, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.981 billion Imperial Citizens 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 effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial Münich. The average income tax rate is 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Imperial Friently economy, worth a remarkable 1,800 trillion ReichsEuros 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 257,863 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government spends billions to protect Friently from a disaster that is one in a million, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, the might of the entire Imperial Friently Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Friently's national animal is the German Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Friently is ranked 149,186th in the world and 6,586th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring zero on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 124thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 258thLargest Black Market: 1,301stTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,677thHighest Average Incomes: 3,089thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,381stLargest Insurance Industry: 5,114thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,600thLargest Governments: 6,088thLowest Crime Rates: 6,908thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,788thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,909thMost Authoritarian: 8,149thHighest Economic Output: 8,527thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,379thMost Conservative: 10,096thTop
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Most Influential: 12,085thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,653rdMost Stationary: 14,432ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,961stMost Secular: 19,004th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 56th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 109th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 158th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 197th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 225th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 249th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 262nd in the regionLargest Governments: 324th in the regionMost Stationary: 330th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 331st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 335th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 359th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 443rd in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 465th in the regionMost Conservative: 557th in the regionMost Armed: 606th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 691st in the regionLargest Populations: 751st in the regionMost Extreme: 799th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 865th in the region

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