by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,116th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,929th Largest Gambling Industry: 4,023rd
The Free-Market Oligarchy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Without order, there can be no freedom
General Johannes Marion
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Free-Market Oligarchy of Edding is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by General Johannes Marion with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.719 billion Eddingians 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, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marionville. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 20.1%.

The all-consuming Eddingian economy, worth 517 trillion CooCoos a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 190,346 CooCoos, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 868,238 per year while the poor average 25,463, a ratio of 34.1 to 1.

Children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "Love and peace!" as a way of life, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD, the nation's massive battleships are often mistaken for islands, and nuclear submarines have been deployed to protect the nation's banana supply. Crime is totally unknown. Edding's national animal is the Kiwi, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Zoroastrianism.

Edding is ranked 30,333rd in the world and 147th in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 4,753.92 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,116thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,929thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,023rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,208thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,281stMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,655thLargest Black Market: 5,218thHighest Average Incomes: 5,531stMost Cultured: 5,707thMost Inclusive: 7,969thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 8,482ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,287thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,483rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,555thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,559thLargest Retail Industry: 9,697thMost Devout: 10,227thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,900thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,345thMost Armed: 12,895thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12,922ndNudest: 13,883rdHighest Drug Use: 13,993rdMost Beautiful Environments: 14,085thSmartest Citizens: 16,185th
Top
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Most Inclusive: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Edding, nuclear submarines have been deployed to protect the nation's banana supply.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, the nation's massive battleships are often mistaken for islands.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "Love and peace!" as a way of life.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, angry men scowl at each other across chess boards.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, tabloids coo over General Johannes Marion's expected child.
  • : Edding was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Inclusive and the Top 10% for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Eddingian Embarrassments.
  • : Following new legislation in Edding, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate.

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