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Most Influential: 148thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 189thHighest Poor Incomes: 375th
The Holy Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
Empire et mon droit
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.834 billion

CapitalEl Escorial
FaithImperial Cult


The Holy Imperium of Ostermarch is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Maximilian with an iron fist, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, otherworldly petting zoo, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.834 billion Imperials 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Escorial. The average income tax rate is 92.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 3,755 trillion crowns a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 425,135 crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, and people are often woken up by rubbish music. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostermarch's national animal is the demigryph, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Ostermarch is ranked 8,661st in the world and 164th in Europe for Most Developed, scoring 91.1 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 148thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 189thHighest Poor Incomes: 375thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 395thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 485thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 514thLargest Black Market: 539thLargest Retail Industry: 609thHighest Average Incomes: 627thMost Corrupt Governments: 692ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 782ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 803rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 915thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 924thLargest Insurance Industry: 931stMost Avoided: 1,059thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,111thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,145thLowest Crime Rates: 1,182ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,346thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,389thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,627thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,746thLargest Mining Sector: 2,101stMost Devout: 2,255thFattest Citizens: 2,261stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,306thTop
Largest Governments: 2,750thRudest Citizens: 2,994thHighest Economic Output: 3,363rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,116thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,928thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,366thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,321stMost Developed: 8,661stSmartest Citizens: 9,723rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,658thTop
Most Stationary: 12,666thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,542ndLongest Average Lifespans: 17,309thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,812thMost Valuable International Artwork: 23,675th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 14th in the regionFattest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 26th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 41st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 44th in the regionMost Stationary: 52nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Influential: 54th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 73rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 100th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 108th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 126th in the regionLargest Populations: 128th in the region

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