by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2nd Fattest Citizens: 150th Most Corrupt Governments: 236th
The Void of
Corporate Police State
You live, you suffer, you die
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population19.078 billion

CapitalPalace of Dust
LeaderDusty Dustican

Currencygold dust

The Void of Dustwind is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Dusty Dustican with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, sprawling nuclear power plants, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.078 billion Dustwindians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palace of Dust. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Dustwindian economy, worth a remarkable 7,480 trillion gold dusts a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 392,100 gold dusts, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,622,568 per year while the poor average 62,207, a ratio of 26.1 to 1.

Foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Dustwindian Moonshine", teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, and there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees his shadow. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Dustwind's national animal is the scorpion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Sufferology.

Dustwind is ranked 1,278th in the world and 13th in 10000 Islands for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 120 Valid Endorsements.

Most Influential: 2ndFattest Citizens: 150thMost Corrupt Governments: 236thHighest Disposable Incomes: 244thLargest Retail Industry: 249thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 257thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 272ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 312thMost Avoided: 353rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 376thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 389thLargest Insurance Industry: 427thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 438thLargest Gambling Industry: 504thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 564thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 579thHighest Average Incomes: 615thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 657thHighest Economic Output: 664thMost Devout: 697thMost Armed: 734thLargest Mining Sector: 875thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 881stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 946thRudest Citizens: 1,228thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,278thMost Efficient Economies: 1,435thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,022ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,061stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,410thLargest Populations: 5,835thLargest Governments: 6,497thLargest Black Market: 6,602ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,503rdTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 10,107thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,771stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,582ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,809thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,260thMost Pro-Market: 16,315thLowest Crime Rates: 16,544th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 54th in the regionLargest Black Market: 54th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 70th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 71st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 75th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 96th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 98th in the regionLargest Governments: 102nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Dustwind was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market and Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees his shadow.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Dustwindian Moonshine".
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, everyone suspects that everyone else is a terrorist.
  • : Dustwind's influence in 10000 Islands rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, the dartboard at the Dustwindian Cancer Research Charity bears a picture of Dusty Dustican's face.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 119 » Isentran, Blogotopia, Sygnafylki, New Dracora, Oom, The Soylent Green Party, Berzerkastan, Seantonia, Lamborghini Murcielago, Zeklandia, Old Atlantica, Tzo, Achiotopia, The Tasmanian Islands, Zyrcrestia, DunNaGall, Slaytania, Samonaemia, Anollasia, Palman, Seranis, Kilenel, Colonel Terrosit, Grungerock, Creeptopia, Future of Mankind, Tijdtevelia, Karlando, HN67, Chip Skylark, Coreras, Better Indonesia, Testa, Serlone, The Snake Brotherhood, Hellei, Ferte, Perzische Keizer, Brandenbourg-Anhalt, Kyrizstanislav, Edorask, Finswedeway, Stroulia, Kebecois, The Parandeam, Cybershield, Tangora, Killettland, Greek People Nation, Gewisse, and 69 others.The Marcolinan Islands, RussiaOne, Zeganas, Maalemzya, Ishkabibber, Danyl, Novegia, Aspistania, Adorable Kittens, Leirkra, Lastrov, Bone Appeh Yeete, Luzaatia, Lower Phlebacite, The Texas Faction, Uprus, Hawalius, Echocrimsonia, Hamletus, Rex Republic, Wysrod, Inberdia, Gluebucket, Cape Vessey, Wakazia, Muricasz, Eames, The Playa Wastes, Republic of Nutella, The Utah Federation, Amor Libertatem, Laykeria, Hollo, Germanic and Jewish people, Swag Chief Bubba Estate, Cityvile Town, Jiria, Crusakh, South and East Illyria, The Red Falls, Polka Republic, New Fania, Nooooooooooooooo, DVVK, The City States Of Las Vegas, Cyber Revolution, Sorya, Kuriko, Hacame, Grahnol, Flying Eagles, LITMAS69, St Lennys Island, Alterrum, Second Napoleonic Francais, Erbitak, Great Shadowland, Legionnares, Pelanesomunk, ScaleLand, Datland, Lebenlauf, Vedrea, Fiodiya, Generic Country Name That Is Available, United States of Kerthina, Radicarcs, Libraziland, and The Valencian Federation.

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