by Max Barry

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The Holy Cow in Middle of Road of Chicago 9 is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Harry Carry XXII with an even hand, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, state-planned economy, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed population of 5.767 billion Chicago 9ians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chicago. The average income tax rate is 14.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Chicago 9ian economy, worth 146 trillion cheeborgers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Tourism. Average income is 25,360 cheeborgers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Research grant proposals read like political diatribes, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, listless juries are assembled for the simplest of court cases, and citizens simply have to point a weapon at a government official to get what they want. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chicago 9's national animal is the billy goat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is sports.

Chicago 9 is ranked 137,072nd in the world and 23rd in Federation of Planets Headquarters for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.68 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,025th

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