by Max Barry

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Most Patriotic: 498thHighest Poor Incomes: 831stMost Scientifically Advanced: 833rd
The Contested Lands of
Democratic Socialists
Divided in two, hoping to be one again...
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population4.31 billion

AnimalArthralonian Falcon

The Contested Lands of Arthralonia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed population of 4.31 billion Arthralonians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Arthralonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,167 trillion Birrs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 270,949 Birrs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military barracks resemble five-star hotels, sex changes are routinely performed at Arthralonia's hospitals, Leader's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts, and judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arthralonia's national animal is the Arthralonian Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Arthralonia is ranked 30,662nd in the world and 601st in the Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 285,308 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Patriotic: 498thHighest Poor Incomes: 831stMost Scientifically Advanced: 833rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,232ndMost Developed: 1,587thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,692ndMost Armed: 1,774thLargest Governments: 1,858thSmartest Citizens: 1,910thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,948thSafest: 2,084thMost Efficient Economies: 2,290thHealthiest Citizens: 2,305thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,316thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,344thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,589thTop
Most Cultured: 2,763rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,824thHighest Average Incomes: 3,115thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,183rdHighest Food Quality: 3,190thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,240thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,342ndMost Inclusive: 4,703rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,411thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,692ndMost Advanced Public Education: 5,721stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,117thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,153rdLargest Publishing Industry: 6,848thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,864thMost Secular: 8,801stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,911thMost Income Equality: 10,314thLargest Retail Industry: 12,931stTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,731stMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,444thMost Influential: 16,088thHighest Economic Output: 17,734thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23,903rdBest Weather: 27,103rd
Most Patriotic: 23rd in the regionMost Armed: 33rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 35th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 42nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 45th in the regionMost Developed: 47th in the regionSafest: 52nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 52nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 53rd in the regionLargest Governments: 55th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 56th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 57th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 59th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 61st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionMost Cultured: 65th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 67th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 68th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 74th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 76th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 83rd in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 101st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 118th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 119th in the regionMost Inclusive: 126th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 140th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 143rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 154th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 168th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 220th in the regionMost Secular: 235th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 256th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 267th in the regionRudest Citizens: 269th in the regionMost Influential: 299th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 305th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 326th in the regionMost Income Equality: 419th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 542nd in the regionLargest Populations: 594th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 601st in the regionBest Weather: 612th in the regionMost Stationary: 637th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 688th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 806th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend.
  • : Arthralonia lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, Leader's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, sex changes are routinely performed at Arthralonia's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, military barracks resemble five-star hotels.
  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, the government's new "quiet competence" initiative has supporters and detractors alike reeling in confusion.
  • : Arthralonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens and the Top 10% for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, Maxtopian villagers starve by the time Arthralonian officials even file the appropriate paperwork needed to help them.
  • : Following new legislation in Arthralonia, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments.