by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 885thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,801stFattest Citizens: 3,223rd
The Sovereignty of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Industry, Economy, Eternity
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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East Ares

Population3.429 billion

LeaderJoseph Charleston


The Sovereignty of East Ares is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph Charleston with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 3.429 billion East Aresians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Charleston. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21.6%.

The frighteningly efficient East Aresian economy, worth 449 trillion Swords a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 131,226 Swords, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,042,640 per year while the poor average 3,960, a ratio of 263 to 1.

The military will start wars with other nations on a lark, preservative-laden East Aresian cheeses will be as edible when archaeologists dig them up next millennium, space shuttles are lying silent on the runway till the Space Agency can work out how to fit a creche and a meditation room into their next spacecraft, and the nation's first space rocket -- sponsored by Eckie-Ecola and shaped like an enormous soda bottle -- is being developed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. East Ares's national animal is the Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Jansenism.

East Ares is ranked 175,765th in the world and 5,840th in Lazarus for Most Secular, with 14.6 Atheism Rate.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 885thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,801stTop
Fattest Citizens: 3,223rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,941stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,265thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,920thLargest Retail Industry: 6,879thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,191stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,120thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,346thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,493rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 13,518thMost Efficient Economies: 14,690thLargest Black Market: 15,078thLargest Mining Sector: 15,297thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,819thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17,351stMost Avoided: 17,584thHighest Average Incomes: 18,568thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,200th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 53rd in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 103rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 176th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 220th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 222nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 337th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 341st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 356th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 466th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 489th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 542nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 575th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 598th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 705th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 717th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 723rd in the region

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Endorsements Received: 7 » Debussy, New Rogernomics, The Sigometh Dynasty, Aguaria Major, Custadia, Treadwellia, and Tolfaer.

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