by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,724thMost Influential: 4,056thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,874th
The Dictatorship of
Father Knows Best State
Restance is Futile.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.481 billion


The Dictatorship of BoxcarJim is a colossal, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 8.481 billion BoxcarJimians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 73.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient BoxcarJimian economy, worth 799 trillion bills 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, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 94,300 bills, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The latest guided missile cruiser "Ship-1642" has received precisely zero column inches in the press, the government is engaging in an agricultural trade war with Maxtopia, among slaves 'bastard' is an honorific rather than an insult, and 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. BoxcarJim's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

BoxcarJim is ranked 207,413th in the world and 4,909th in the West Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -199.37 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,724thMost Influential: 4,056thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,874thLargest Black Market: 9,061stMost Corrupt Governments: 11,305thTop
Best Weather: 11,980thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,070thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,582ndMost Beautiful Environments: 13,692ndMost Advanced Public Education: 14,838thMost Secular: 16,232ndMost Developed: 16,990thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,765thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,661stLowest Crime Rates: 19,777thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,436thMost Stationary: 20,803rdLongest Average Lifespans: 22,547thMost Patriotic: 22,771st
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 86th in the regionMost Influential: 122nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 126th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 183rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 190th in the regionBest Weather: 271st in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 275th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 292nd in the regionMost Stationary: 292nd in the regionLargest Populations: 298th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 304th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 304th in the regionMost Secular: 349th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 353rd in the regionMost Developed: 357th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 375th in the regionMost Patriotic: 404th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 409th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 428th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 438th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 497th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 509th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 527th in the region

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