by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 790thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,266thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,381st
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Freedom, Equality, Justice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Population10.243 billion

CapitalDurlia Metropolis
Leaderthe Prime Minister


The Republic of Durlia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by the Prime Minister with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.243 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, socially-minded, 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 84.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Durlian economy, worth a remarkable 1,641 trillion pounds a year, is quite specialized and 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 160,281 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 154,750th in the world and 782nd in Europe for Most Pro-Market, scoring 24.89 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 790thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2,266thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,381stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,547thMost Cultured: 3,421stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,482ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,513thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,530thBest Weather: 4,088thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,294thMost Developed: 4,305thSmartest Citizens: 4,381stNicest Citizens: 4,420thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,486thMost Inclusive: 4,610thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,087thHealthiest Citizens: 5,395thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,494thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,511thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,654thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,764thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,949thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,324thMost Pacifist: 7,607thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,643rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,038thNudest: 8,890thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,982ndMost Stationary: 9,307thLargest Governments: 9,350thHighest Economic Output: 9,440thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,266thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,267thHighest Average Incomes: 11,378thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,684thMost Politically Free: 11,841stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,163rdSafest: 15,976thMost Secular: 16,409thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,498thHighest Drug Use: 19,942nd
Most Politically Free: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 29th in the regionNudest: 40th in the regionMost Stationary: 42nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 46th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 46th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 48th in the regionMost Extreme: 48th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 56th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 66th in the regionMost Cultured: 67th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 69th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 73rd in the regionBest Weather: 75th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 80th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 80th in the regionNicest Citizens: 83rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 83rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 84th in the regionMost Inclusive: 85th in the regionMost Developed: 87th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 91st in the regionLargest Populations: 92nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 96th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 96th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 97th in the regionMost Income Equality: 97th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 103rd in the region

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