by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 778thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,764thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,128th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Freedom, Equality, Justice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Population8.972 billion

CapitalDurlia Metropolis
Leaderthe Prime Minister


The Republic of Durlia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by the Prime Minister with a fair hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.972 billion Durlians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Durlia Metropolis. The average income tax rate is 82.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Durlian economy, worth a remarkable 1,444 trillion pounds a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,009 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Students abandon classrooms for online education, no one born in Durlia can fix a leaky faucet, the people of Durlia are renowned for their nihilistic attitudes, and intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works. Crime is totally unknown. Durlia's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Durlia is ranked 125,534th in the world and 793rd in Europe for Most Pro-Market, scoring 25.33 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 778thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,764thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,128thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,381stMost Rebellious Youth: 3,484thMost Cultured: 3,495thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,578thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,650thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,829thNicest Citizens: 4,137thBest Weather: 4,188thMost Inclusive: 4,202ndMost Developed: 4,251stSmartest Citizens: 4,323rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,524thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,008thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,049thHealthiest Citizens: 5,253rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,680thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,725thMost Politically Free: 6,134thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,203rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,732ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,981stNudest: 6,994thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,024thMost Pacifist: 7,201stMost Efficient Economies: 7,501stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,604thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,607thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 8,947thLargest Governments: 9,450thHighest Economic Output: 10,038thMost Stationary: 10,132ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,247thHighest Average Incomes: 10,695thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,655thHighest Drug Use: 13,771stMost Extreme: 14,188thMost Secular: 14,888thSafest: 14,896thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,417th
Most Politically Free: 6th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 24th in the regionNudest: 35th in the regionMost Extreme: 46th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 48th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 50th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 57th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 62nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 68th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 68th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 70th in the regionMost Cultured: 71st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 83rd in the regionMost Developed: 83rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 86th in the regionBest Weather: 88th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 90th in the regionLargest Populations: 91st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 92nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 95th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 95th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 95th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 95th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 97th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 105th in the region

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