by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 214th Highest Crime Rates: 253rd Most Rebellious Youth: 480th
The Most Serene Republic of
A pound, a pound exactly of flesh
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.583 billion



The Most Serene Republic of Bingotonia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Bingo with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 9.583 billion Bingotonians 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, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Boingo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Bingotonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,458 trillion ButtCoins a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 256,522 ButtCoins, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,086,162 per year while the poor average 39,137, a ratio of 27.8 to 1.

Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, grumpy old house owners demand that pedestrians get off their footpaths, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume, and calling out of the blue has become taboo. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Bingotonia's national animal is the Manul, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Bingotonia is ranked 170,098th in the world and 5,782nd in Lazarus for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring -29.83 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Most Armed: 214thHighest Crime Rates: 253rdMost Rebellious Youth: 480thLargest Gambling Industry: 582ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 974thMost Avoided: 1,001stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,150thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,239thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,315thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,321stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,350thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,380thMost Cultured: 1,498thFattest Citizens: 1,577thRudest Citizens: 1,682ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,692ndTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,586thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,247thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,496thMost Efficient Economies: 3,551stSmartest Citizens: 3,612thLargest Retail Industry: 3,751stLargest Mining Sector: 4,237thHighest Economic Output: 4,347thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,404thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,414thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,571stMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,159thHighest Drug Use: 6,451stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,432ndTop
Most Devout: 9,007thMost Inclusive: 9,524thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,265thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,197thLargest Black Market: 14,265thNudest: 14,399thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,215thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,522nd
Highest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Avoided: 46th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 47th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 47th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 60th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 61st in the regionRudest Citizens: 68th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 70th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 72nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 82nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 85th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 122nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 132nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 147th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 156th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 176th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 191st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 195th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 200th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 207th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 221st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 229th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 236th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 265th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 305th in the regionMost Devout: 392nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 425th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 440th in the regionMost Inclusive: 477th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 528th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bingotonia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Bingotonia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Bingotonia, calling out of the blue has become taboo.
  • : Following new legislation in Bingotonia, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • : Following new legislation in Bingotonia, grumpy old house owners demand that pedestrians get off their footpaths.
  • : Bingotonia was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Bingotonia ceased to exist in The assembly of sovereign states.
  • : Bingotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Bingotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Bingotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.


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