by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 513th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 651st Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,010th
The Duchies-Coterie of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Inequality is inevitable
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Buten

Population9.659 billion

CapitalCirault Astrad
Leaderthe Coterie Council of Fiscal Affairs
FaithProfiteering

CurrencyFlorin
AnimalBeaver

The Duchies-Coterie of Buten is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by the Coterie Council of Fiscal Affairs with an even hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, keen interest in outer space, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 9.659 billion Butens have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Industry, with Education, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cirault Astrad. The average income tax rate is 2.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Buten economy, worth a remarkable 1,996 trillion Florins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 206,735 Florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

It is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, and bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Buten's national animal is the Beaver, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Profiteering.

Buten is ranked 142,807th in the world and 7,474th in The North Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -3.41 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 513thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 651stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,010thMost Influential: 1,126thLargest Retail Industry: 1,249thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 1,782ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,799thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,231stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,440thMost Efficient Economies: 2,550thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,844thLargest Mining Sector: 2,970thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,100thLargest Black Market: 3,293rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,451stMost Corrupt Governments: 3,963rdRudest Citizens: 4,811thHighest Average Incomes: 4,871stHighest Economic Output: 5,174thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,168thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,650thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,002ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,339thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 9,213thSmartest Citizens: 12,208thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,529thMost Cultured: 13,537thMost Developed: 13,977thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,459th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 38th in the regionFattest Citizens: 55th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 61st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 64th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 65th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 67th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 71st in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 89th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 95th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 107th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 132nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 141st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 145th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 171st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 198th in the regionRudest Citizens: 253rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 264th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 274th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 301st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 304th in the regionLargest Populations: 319th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 406th in the regionMost Stationary: 408th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 454th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 490th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 644th in the regionMost Cultured: 679th in the regionMost Average: 688th in the regionMost Developed: 781st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Buten, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, immersive video game experiences are interrupted by incessant disclaimer pop-ups.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, the nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves.
  • : Buten's influence in The North Pacific fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Buten was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament.

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