by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,470thSafest: 19,763rdLargest Insurance Industry: 20,793rd
The Disputed Territories of
Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population1.028 billion


The Disputed Territories of -Canon-Ship is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its daily referendums, public floggings, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 1.028 billion -Canon-Shipians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Social Policy. The average income tax rate is 24.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The -Canon-Shipian economy, worth 51.5 trillion snails a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Information Technology, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 50,136 snails, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All footpaths have tollbooths, the stock market has been destroyed for its own protection, movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens, and the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. -Canon-Ship's national animal is the owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

-Canon-Ship is ranked 81,757th in the world and 10th in Cringe and Poggers for Most Avoided, scoring 2.9 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,470thTop
Safest: 19,763rdLargest Insurance Industry: 20,793rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,828th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Safest: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in -Canon-Ship, the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it.
  • : Following new legislation in -Canon-Ship, movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens.
  • : Following new legislation in -Canon-Ship, the stock market has been destroyed for its own protection.
  • : -Canon-Ship was reclassified from "Moralistic Democracy" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in -Canon-Ship, all footpaths have tollbooths.
  • : Following new legislation in -Canon-Ship, Rupert Bear is considered to be the most risqué TV programme in -Canon-Ship.
  • : -Canon-Ship was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Moralistic Democracy".
  • : -Canon-Ship was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in -Canon-Ship, pedants defending Leader observe that psychopaths and sociopaths aren't exactly the same thing.
  • : Following new legislation in -Canon-Ship, sexuality-questioning teenagers are placed in locked rooms with dirty magazines and lewd posters.