by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 6,256th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,580th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,203rd
The Machine of
Work till you drop
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population9.27 billion



The Machine of Automatic is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Orioni with an even hand, and notable for its complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 9.27 billion Automaticians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, with Healthcare also on the agenda, while Welfare and Public Transport are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.9%.

The powerhouse Automatician economy, worth 499 trillion IONS a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Pizza Delivery, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 53,908 IONS, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 201,480 per year while the poor average 10,102, a ratio of 19.9 to 1.

The Navy has outraged the international community by sinking a boatload of refugees to prevent them reaching the shore, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes, citizens can be frequently spotted going about their business stark naked, and Orioni has just been declared ruler of Automatic in an international press conference. Crime is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Automatic's national animal is the worker, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Automatic is ranked 46,332nd in the world and 42nd in Eurth for Most Developed, scoring 58.44 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 6,256thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,580thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,203rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,576thMost Avoided: 10,041stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,173rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16,100thMost Pro-Market: 16,160thMost Armed: 16,848th
Highest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the region

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