by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 111thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 319thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 430th
The Promised Land of
Corporate Police State Entrepreneurial Freedom Zone
Promettez d'Ítre vrai et mentez le mieux possible.
Ernest N Cross
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Ernest N Cross

Population10.508 billion

CapitalCity of the Dark Lord
LeaderThe Dark Lord


The Promised Land of Ernest N Cross is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Dark Lord with an iron fist, and renowned for its enslaved workforce, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 10.508 billion Ernest N Crossians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Defense also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of City of the Dark Lord. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ernest N Crossian economy, worth a remarkable 2,787 trillion blades a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 265,298 blades, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,467,360 per year while the poor average 2,610, a ratio of 945 to 1.

The armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists, children use fake IDs to purchase candy, rioting during the nation's hosting of ORDER caused one million blades of property damage, and police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Ernest N Cross's national animal is the shark, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Ernest N Cross is ranked 98,676th in the world and 6th in The Embassy for Largest Governments, scoring 13.45 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 111thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 319thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 430thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 433rdLargest Insurance Industry: 548thMost Avoided: 689thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 716thLargest Gambling Industry: 815thHighest Disposable Incomes: 866thFattest Citizens: 1,077thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,198thLargest Mining Sector: 1,203rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,462ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,487thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,731stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,777thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,123rdTop
Largest Retail Industry: 2,570thNudest: 2,577thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,758thHighest Average Incomes: 3,009thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,801stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,547thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,123rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,295thHighest Economic Output: 5,444thMost Efficient Economies: 5,979thMost Secular: 10,829thTop
Most Armed: 12,955thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,004thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,301stMost Pro-Market: 17,150thLargest Black Market: 21,620thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,290thMost Extreme: 23,017thLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,430th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the region

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