by Max Barry

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Largest Populations: 835th Largest Welfare Programs: 3,366th Highest Economic Output: 4,136th
The Queen's State of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
In The Interest of Better Government
the Governor
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend


Population30.118 billion

CapitalCapital Heights
Leaderthe Governor


The Queen's State of Covenancy is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by the Governor with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, avowedly heterosexual populace, and state-planned economy. The compassionate population of 30.118 billion Covenancyians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 84.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Covenancyian economy, worth a remarkable 2,239 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 74,356 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass, businesses have become paranoid as waves of lawsuits sweep the nation, politicians and casino owners who so much as wander into the same room are arrested on the spot, and the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Covenancy's national animal is the deer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is none.

Covenancy is ranked 158,756th in the world and 48th in The Bandits for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -11.72 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Populations: 835thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 3,366thHighest Economic Output: 4,136thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,992ndTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 9,829thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,576thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,303rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,313thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,232ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,521stMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,702ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,871stBest Weather: 16,017thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,651st
Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Covenancy's influence in The Bandits rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Covenancy's influence in The Bandits fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".
  • : Covenancy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Covenancy's influence in The Bandits rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Covenancy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Covenancy was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Survivors and the Top 5% for Most Zombies.
  • : Covenancy's influence in The Bandits fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".
  • : Covenancy's influence in The Bandits rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Covenancy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations and Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Covenancy's influence in The Bandits fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".