by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 351st Least Corrupt Governments: 499th Most Pacifist: 554th
The Free Territory of
Left-wing Utopia
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The Free Territory of Chestaan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 12.665 billion Chestaanians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Equitopia. The average income tax rate is 99.4%.

The enormous but inefficient Chestaanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,227 trillion Guevaras a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Tourism industry. Average income is 96,894 Guevaras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons', there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates, religious education is a new government priority, and bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chestaan's national animal is the Scorpion, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Chestaan is ranked 43,060th in the world and 1,336th in the West Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,435.77 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 351stLeast Corrupt Governments: 499thMost Pacifist: 554thNicest Citizens: 564thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 759thSafest: 838thMost Compassionate Citizens: 875thLargest Welfare Programs: 885thHighest Average Tax Rates: 971stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,031stMost Rebellious Youth: 1,084thBest Weather: 1,114thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,165thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,430thLargest Governments: 1,499thTop
Most Cultured: 1,622ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,893rdMost Stationary: 1,969thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,377thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,661stMost Influential: 2,785thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,873rdLowest Crime Rates: 2,958thMost Devout: 2,974thSmartest Citizens: 3,281stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,206thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,313thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,540thTop
Most Inclusive: 7,926thNudest: 8,050thHighest Economic Output: 8,254thLargest Populations: 8,675thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,382ndMost Income Equality: 10,165thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,580thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12,820th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 12th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionBest Weather: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 24th in the regionMost Stationary: 24th in the regionMost Cultured: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 42nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 50th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 53rd in the regionMost Devout: 53rd in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 60th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 66th in the regionMost Influential: 75th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 76th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 82nd in the regionLargest Populations: 88th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 94th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 115th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 203rd in the regionNudest: 217th in the regionMost Inclusive: 278th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 290th in the regionMost Income Equality: 457th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 460th in the region

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