by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,046thMost Influential: 5,028thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,478th
The Celestial Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship Communist Dictatorship
For the Empire!
God Emperor
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population1.247 billion

CapitalImperial Centre
LeaderGod Emperor
FaithImperial Cult


The Celestial Empire of Phello is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by God Emperor with an iron fist, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, digital currency, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.247 billion Phelloans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial Centre. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Phelloan economy, worth 210 trillion Denarii a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 168,977 Denarii, with the richest citizens earning 6.6 times as much as the poorest.

Tourists call Phelloan beach towns "the fine coastline", babysitters are a thing of the past, all guns must be registered, and Jennifer Government is a bestseller. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Phello's national animal is the Chimaera, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Phello is ranked 15,304th in the world and 292nd in 10000 Islands for Smartest Citizens, with 72.96 quips per hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,046thMost Influential: 5,028thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,478thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,485thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,829thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,256thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,095thMost Developed: 10,121stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,755thHighest Average Incomes: 11,430thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,587thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,595thMost Patriotic: 12,253rdMost Authoritarian: 12,493rdTop
Most Conservative: 13,220thLowest Crime Rates: 13,390thMost Cultured: 13,399thLargest Governments: 13,430thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,001stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,171stHealthiest Citizens: 14,534thMost Efficient Economies: 14,689thSmartest Citizens: 15,304thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,904thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,306thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,536thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,108thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,786thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,207thLargest Insurance Industry: 18,706thMost Secular: 18,742ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,953rdMost Advanced Public Education: 20,012thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 20,376thLargest Black Market: 21,262ndLargest Mining Sector: 21,620thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22,437thHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,547thHighest Food Quality: 24,970thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,997th
Most Authoritarian: 64th in the regionMost Conservative: 64th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 89th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 93rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 95th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 95th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 99th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 101st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 108th in the regionMost Patriotic: 111th in the regionMost Extreme: 124th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 127th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 130th in the regionLargest Black Market: 134th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 136th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 138th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Phello, Jennifer Government is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Phello, all guns must be registered.
  • : Phello was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Phello was endorsed by The Armed Liberation State of Grungerock.
  • : Following new legislation in Phello, babysitters are a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in Phello, tourists call Phelloan beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in Phello, broken suspension systems are giving auto repair shops plenty of business.
  • : Following new legislation in Phello, insanely good theatre productions face government censorship.
  • : Phello was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Phello endorsed The Principality of Nami Bays.