by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 16,957th
The Used to the Darkness of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Friends are like horses. If you kill them they die.
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Population1.529 billion

LeaderDax Lacerta


The Used to the Darkness of Daxtastic04 is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Dax Lacerta with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 1.529 billion Daxtastic04ians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stupidville. The average income tax rate is 67.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Daxtastic04ian economy, worth 28.9 trillion Cilantros a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Cheese Exports, Trout Farming, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 18,932 Cilantros, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People caught mistreating Daxtastic04's flag generally wind up in a great deal of pain, the nation's school children are fluent in Klingon but lack basic mathematical skills, Daxtastic04 has designated Stupidville as its capital city, and Dax Lacerta has just been declared ruler of Daxtastic04 in an international press conference. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Daxtastic04's national animal is the Hawk, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

Daxtastic04 is ranked 84,825th in the world and 51st in Draconyx for Nudest, with 148.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Most Income Equality: 16,957th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Income Equality: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Daxtastic04's influence in Draconyx fell from "Vassal" to "Apprentice".
  • : The Republic of Braindead Movendorsing dismissed Daxtastic04 as Rad of Waldonia.
  • : Daxtastic04's influence in Draconyx fell from "Truckler" to "Vassal".
  • : Daxtastic04's influence in Draconyx fell from "Ambassador" to "Truckler".
  • : Daxtastic04's influence in Draconyx rose from "Envoy" to "Ambassador".
  • : Daxtastic04's influence in Draconyx rose from "Zero" to "Envoy".
  • : Daxtastic04 altered its national flag.
  • : Daxtastic04 changed its national animal to "Hawk", its capital to "Stupidville", its currency to "Cilantro", its leader to "Dax Lacerta", and its nation type to "Used to the Darkness".
  • : Following new legislation in Daxtastic04, Dax Lacerta has just been declared ruler of Daxtastic04 in an international press conference.
  • : Following new legislation in Daxtastic04, Daxtastic04 has designated Stupidville as its capital city.