by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,516thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,293rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,472nd
The Stratocratic Commonwealth of
Capitalist Paradise
get in the bin and go to garbage island.
the Generals
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.016 billion

Leaderthe Generals

CurrencyTico Note

The Stratocratic Commonwealth of Costelberg is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by the Generals with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, aversion to nipples, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 1.016 billion Costelians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nollmeria. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Costelian economy, worth 132 trillion Tico Notes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 130,262 Tico Notes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 902,125 per year while the poor average 6,610, a ratio of 136 to 1.

Women earn less than half the salary of men if they can even find a job, Calvinball players are lost for days as they wander the vast halls of their new academies, it's widely agreed that to tennis players love means nothing, and citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Costelberg's national animal is the Songbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Costelberg is ranked 1,516th in the world and 50th in The North Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 136.47 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,516thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,293rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,472ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,674thMost Cultured: 9,199thMost Efficient Economies: 9,918thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,866thMost Developed: 14,238thSafest: 14,707thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,771stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,086thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,987thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,461stHighest Average Incomes: 19,698thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,753rdLargest Governments: 20,053rdMost Corrupt Governments: 20,922ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,311thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,179thSmartest Citizens: 22,406thLongest Average Lifespans: 23,015thMost Advanced Public Education: 23,761st
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 50th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 189th in the regionMost Cultured: 470th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 549th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 643rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 706th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 759th in the regionMost Developed: 815th in the regionSafest: 826th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 858th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 921st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 945th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 961st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 966th in the region

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