by Max Barry

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August was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 228
Highest Crime Rates: 231stMost Armed: 266thLargest Gambling Industry: 330th
The Dichromatic Mechanism of
Quality over Quantity
Founder / Supreme Allied Commander
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Political Freedom

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Population15.319 billion


The Dichromatic Mechanism of August is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, sprawling nuclear power plants, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 15.319 billion Augustins live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Education and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment receive no funds. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Augustin economy, worth a remarkable 3,559 trillion senses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 232,350 senses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,602,501 per year while the poor average 11,945, a ratio of 134 to 1.

Enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, passengers often cause a stink on public transport, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, and the first test of a good kindergartener is the quality of the sponge-baths they give. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. August's national animal is the leopard, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

August is ranked 1,603rd in the world and 2nd in Cape of Good Hope for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 134.16 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Highest Crime Rates: 231stMost Armed: 266thLargest Gambling Industry: 330thMost Avoided: 333rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 367thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 375thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 462ndFattest Citizens: 521stRudest Citizens: 596thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 895thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 935thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,099thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,146thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,191stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,288thLargest Retail Industry: 1,394thMost Politically Free: 1,440thMost Pro-Market: 1,536thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,603rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,776thLargest Mining Sector: 2,358thHighest Drug Use: 2,565thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,972ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,703rdHighest Economic Output: 4,426thHighest Average Incomes: 4,881stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,692ndMost Cultured: 7,014thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,578thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,745thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,319thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,434thMost Influential: 11,999thMost Efficient Economies: 13,214thTop
Largest Populations: 19,128thLargest Black Market: 20,810thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,184thMost Extreme: 21,638thSmartest Citizens: 24,870th
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 19th in the region

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