by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 121stBest Weather: 242nd
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Population39.2 billion

LeaderEmperor Emmanuel


The Holy Empire of Pogaria is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Emmanuel with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, anti-smoking policies, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 39.2 billion Pogarians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dominion. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but underdeveloped Pogarian economy, worth a remarkable 3,442 trillion kosses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 87,807 kosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The law says that all Pogarians are created equal — no matter how they were created, burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, and the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pogaria's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Truthism.

Pogaria is ranked 145,278th in the world and 3rd in The Empire for Largest Black Market, with 153 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 121stBest Weather: 242ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 252ndMost Pacifist: 275thNicest Citizens: 319thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 334thMost Beautiful Environments: 335thSafest: 370thMost Valuable International Artwork: 377thMost Compassionate Citizens: 398thHighest Average Tax Rates: 503rdLowest Crime Rates: 577thLargest Governments: 853rdHealthiest Citizens: 853rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,148thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,362ndMost Cultured: 1,380thMost Devout: 1,492ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,577thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,588thSmartest Citizens: 2,095thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,809thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,925thHighest Economic Output: 3,758thMost Inclusive: 4,408thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,443rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,522ndMost Influential: 5,977thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,221stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,560thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 15,221stMost Income Equality: 16,328thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,563rdHighest Poor Incomes: 19,124th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Lily".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting People with Disabilities".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Northern Borland"".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Whistleblower Protection Act".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Embassy".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Right To Secure Digital Communication".
  • : Pogaria was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Right to Assemble".
  • : Pogaria lost WA Delegate status in The Empire.
  • : Pogaria became WA Delegate of The Empire.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: None.

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