by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 81stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 191stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 294th
The Glorious Guinea Pig Haven of
Compulsory Consumerist State
President Peppermint
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population23.236 billion

LeaderPresident Peppermint

Animalpepper-dispensing hooman

The Glorious Guinea Pig Haven of Ansgard is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Peppermint with an iron fist, and renowned for its parental licensing program, complete lack of public education, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 23.236 billion guinea pigs are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Guineapolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The thriving Ansgardian economy, worth a remarkable 7,007 trillion peppers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 301,572 peppers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,809,694 per year while the poor average 2,903, a ratio of 967 to 1.

President Peppermint's new android secretary is the latest media darling, the legal profession considers itself above the law, perverts across the land rejoice after 'sexual harassment' was recently renamed 'persuasive courting', and agricultural employees work for peanuts. Crime is moderate, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ansgard's national animal is the pepper-dispensing hooman, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Pepperism.

Ansgard is ranked 8,306th in the world and 7th in The Axis of Evil for Largest Populations, with 23.2 billion capita.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 81stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 191stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 294thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 384thLargest Insurance Industry: 397thLargest Gambling Industry: 606thHighest Disposable Incomes: 651stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 739thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 850thMost Avoided: 871stFattest Citizens: 916thLargest Mining Sector: 1,171stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,281stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,340thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,573rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,597thHighest Economic Output: 1,632ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,874thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,162ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,331stHighest Average Incomes: 2,486thMost Armed: 2,808thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,973rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,677thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,870thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,721stLargest Populations: 8,306thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,346thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,154thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,350thMost Devout: 14,163rdTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 20,610thMost Pro-Market: 22,531stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23,363rdSmartest Citizens: 24,933rdLargest Black Market: 27,194th
Most Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the region

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