by Max Barry

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Most Authoritarian: 4,148th Largest Populations: 6,503rd Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,646th
The Queen's State of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Whatever Happens, Happens
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population15.631 billion



The Queen's State of Desmonwood is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 15.631 billion Desmonwoodians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 88.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Desmonwoodian economy, worth 377 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 Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is 24,163 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

School uniforms are compulsory, none has been named as Desmonwood's national religion, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Desmonwood's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none.

Desmonwood is ranked 71,556th in the world and 272nd in Ancient Lands for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 42 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Most Authoritarian: 4,148thLargest Populations: 6,503rdTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,646thMost Extreme: 9,697thMost Income Equality: 10,381stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,958thMost Stationary: 15,441st
Lowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionMost Inclusive: 13th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 21st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 24th in the regionMost Cultured: 24th in the regionSafest: 26th in the regionMost Income Equality: 50th in the regionMost Devout: 56th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 59th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 68th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 95th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 115th in the region

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