by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 373rd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 519th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,083rd
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Blau Stein

Population18.091 billion

LeaderRon Paul

CurrencyGold Dollar
Animalsea otter

The Republic of Blau Stein is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ron Paul with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, national health service, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 18.091 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 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 2,983 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 164,921 Gold Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 8.3 times as much as the poorest.

Daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter, tabloids coo over Ron Paul's expected child, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, and 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool. 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 13,485th in the world and 96th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 253.28 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 373rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 519thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,083rdHighest Crime Rates: 1,155thFattest Citizens: 1,173rdTop
Most Armed: 1,713thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,431stLargest Mining Sector: 2,591stRudest Citizens: 2,617thHighest Economic Output: 2,657thMost Avoided: 2,780thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,041stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,079thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,157thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,244thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,987thLargest Populations: 4,863rdMost Stationary: 5,164thLargest Retail Industry: 5,980thMost Influential: 8,473rdTop
Highest Average Incomes: 9,170thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,225thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,217thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,786thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,485thLargest Black Market: 14,416thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,284thSmartest Citizens: 15,704th
Least Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 23rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 24th in the region

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