by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 50thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 185thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 336th
The Orchard of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Buy some apples!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.163 billion

LeaderApple Bloom


The Orchard of Applepone is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Apple Bloom with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, compulsory vegetarianism, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.163 billion Applepones hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bloomington. The average income tax rate is 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Appleponean economy, worth a remarkable 1,182 trillion bits a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 144,825 bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities, old spellbooks are only useful as door-stops or toilet roll substitute, and foreign livestock are offered asylum. Crime is totally unknown. Applepone's national animal is the pony, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is apples.

Applepone is ranked 201,987th in the world and 7,178th in Osiris for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -9.54 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 50thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 185thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 336thMost Advanced Public Education: 428thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 562ndMost Pacifist: 667thMost Compassionate Citizens: 867thNicest Citizens: 892ndMost Beautiful Environments: 993rdMost Inclusive: 1,128thBest Weather: 1,132ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,151stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,276thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,315thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,535thMost Developed: 1,612thMost Cultured: 1,633rdTop
Largest Governments: 2,172ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,235thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,269thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,411thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,436thSmartest Citizens: 4,272ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,339thNudest: 4,441stSafest: 5,158thLowest Crime Rates: 5,731stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,434thMost Efficient Economies: 7,775thMost Secular: 10,211thTop
Highest Economic Output: 13,999thHighest Average Incomes: 14,674thMost Politically Free: 14,703rd
Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 29th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 34th in the regionBest Weather: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 48th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 52nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 55th in the regionMost Cultured: 62nd in the regionLargest Governments: 68th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 74th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 82nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 109th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 160th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 205th in the regionNudest: 220th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 231st in the regionSafest: 244th in the regionMost Politically Free: 272nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 286th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 334th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 341st in the regionTop
Most Secular: 440th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 645th in the region

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