by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 421st Largest Soda Pop Sector: 467th Highest Crime Rates: 1,132nd
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The Republic of Blau Stein is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ron Paul with a fair hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, daily referendums, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 16.447 billion Blau Steinians 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, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. Income tax is unheard of.

The all-consuming Blau Steinian economy, worth a remarkable 2,716 trillion Gold Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an impressive 165,194 Gold Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 8.4 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics, daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter, tabloids coo over Ron Paul's expected child, and the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Blau Stein's national animal is the sea otter, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Blau Stein is ranked 2,845th in the world and 59th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Avoided, scoring 822.18 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 421stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 467thHighest Crime Rates: 1,132ndFattest Citizens: 1,132ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,140thRudest Citizens: 1,597thMost Armed: 1,621stTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,369thLargest Mining Sector: 2,528thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,642ndHighest Economic Output: 2,728thMost Avoided: 2,845thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,065thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,232ndLargest Insurance Industry: 3,584thLargest Retail Industry: 4,269thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,291stLargest Populations: 5,488thMost Stationary: 5,970thMost Influential: 8,282ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,414thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,915thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,947thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,911thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,953rdLargest Black Market: 14,268thSmartest Citizens: 14,673rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,090th
Least Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20th in the region

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