by Max Barry

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Most Conservative: 638thMost Secular: 2,552ndMost Authoritarian: 4,158th
The Workers' Colony of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Work Is Freedom
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Apiary One

Population3.863 billion

CapitalHive Central
LeaderThe Hivemaster
FaithThe Honeybee Doctrine


The Workers' Colony of Apiary One is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Hivemaster with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, zero percent divorce rate, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.863 billion Apians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hive Central. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.0%.

The strong Apian economy, worth 306 trillion Apicoins 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 large, well-organized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Book Publishing. 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 79,363 Apicoins, with the richest citizens earning 7.0 times as much as the poorest.

Teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers, the working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly, and military officers are given medals for disobeying orders. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Apiary One's national animal is the honeybee, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Honeybee Doctrine.

Apiary One is ranked 226,447th in the world and 1st in The Apiary for Most Primitive, scoring -245.38 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Conservative: 638thTop
Most Secular: 2,552ndMost Authoritarian: 4,158thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,187thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,451stTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 12,392ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,746thLargest Black Market: 14,288thMost Extreme: 18,324thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,049thLowest Crime Rates: 20,092ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,914th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Apiary One changed its national faith to "The Honeybee Doctrine" and its motto to "Work Is Freedom".
  • : Apiary One published "About the name (no, this is not a nation of bees)" (Factbook: Overview).
  • : Apiary One changed its national motto to "All for the Colony".
  • : Apiary One was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Apiary One updated the World Factbook entry in The Apiary.
  • : Apiary One was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Apiary One was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Apiary One changed its national currency to "Apicoin".
  • : Apiary One changed its national currency to "pеrson".
  • : Apiary One changed its national currency to "-person".


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