by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 3,595thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,094thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,813th
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Population1.203 billion



The Dominion of Borgerhout is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, sprawling nuclear power plants, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.203 billion Borgerhoutians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deurne. The average income tax rate is 47.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Borgerhoutian economy, worth 138 trillion Potatoeses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 114,934 Potatoeses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teen parties are often ruined by wet blanket chaperones, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas, and the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Borgerhout's national animal is the beaver, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Borgerhout is ranked 237,279th in the world and 7,685th in the South Pacific for Most Armed, with 0.15 Weapons Per Person.

Most Secular: 3,595thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,094thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,813thMost Influential: 9,052ndMost Corrupt Governments: 11,259thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12,370thMost Authoritarian: 13,008thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,840thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,482ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,955thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,161stLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,273rdLargest Black Market: 23,616th
Most Secular: 119th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 201st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 296th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 304th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 430th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 447th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 456th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 458th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 511th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 539th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 571st in the regionLargest Black Market: 667th in the regionMost Influential: 695th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 740th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 786th in the region

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