by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,279thMost Influential: 10,363rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,420th
The Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Trance is better than all. The Reaper is outlawed
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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A State of Trance

Population479 million


AnimalArmin van Buuren

The Republic of A State of Trance is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 479 million Trance Fans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amsterdam. The average income tax rate is 71.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Trance Fan economy, worth 16.8 trillion bpms a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 34,990 bpms, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to A State of Trance as a reminder of their "special relationship", the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, A State of Trance has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories, and the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A State of Trance's national animal is the Armin van Buuren, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

A State of Trance is ranked 172,151st in the world and 967th in Europe for Highest Average Incomes, with 34,990.44 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,279thTop
Most Influential: 10,363rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,420thMost Authoritarian: 20,069th
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