by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 348th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 433rd Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 438th
The Free Economic Zone of
Capitalist Paradise
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Civil Rights
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Population14.834 billion

CapitalEldfell Energy Arcology
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The Free Economic Zone of Arcologia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by no one with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 14.834 billion Arcologians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eldfell Energy Arcology. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Arcologian economy, worth a remarkable 4,030 trillion Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 271,699 Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,906,643 per year while the poor average 13,216, a ratio of 144 to 1.

Tourists often cite 'hiding money in an off-shore banking account' as their main reason to visit the nation, the automobile industry is sitting up and taking notice of the new 24 hour race events... as are the track's sleepless neighbours, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, and it's always rabbit season. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Arcologia's national animal is the Finch, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Arcologia is ranked 486th in the world and 1st in The Cornellian Empire for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 29,566.23 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 348thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 433rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 438thLargest Gambling Industry: 486thLargest Insurance Industry: 493rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 503rdHighest Crime Rates: 559thMost Armed: 587thFattest Citizens: 670thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 831stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 833rdMost Avoided: 1,052ndRudest Citizens: 1,261stMost Efficient Economies: 1,363rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,420thHighest Economic Output: 1,659thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 1,871stLargest Retail Industry: 1,930thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,066thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,107thLargest Mining Sector: 2,396thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,884thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,532ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,040thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,359thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,973rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,216thMost Pro-Market: 5,974thMost Secular: 6,098thLargest Populations: 7,200thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,695thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,366thLargest Black Market: 10,498thMost Influential: 11,190thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,894thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,537thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,685thNudest: 15,615th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the region

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