by Max Barry

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,471stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,727thMost Influential: 5,952nd
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El Barris

Population1.266 billion

CapitalCiudad de Barri
LeaderTarradellas
FaithTaris

Currencypeso
Animalfalcon

The Incorporated States of El Barris is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Tarradellas with an even hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, avant-garde cinema, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.266 billion Barris are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ciudad de Barri. The average income tax rate is 52.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Barri economy, worth 178 trillion pesos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 140,994 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Withdrawal of support for drug addicts is leaving many with cold sweats, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Barri satellites can detect it, soldiers stream their classified military operations live for millions of fans, and government spokespeople are working overtime trying to convince concerned citizens that Tarradellas is not a crook. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. El Barris's national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Taris.

El Barris is ranked 9,977th in the world and 180th in 10000 Islands for Healthiest Citizens, with 14.86 bananas ingested per day.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,471stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,727thMost Influential: 5,952ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,177thHealthiest Citizens: 9,977thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,522ndLongest Average Lifespans: 12,220thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,282ndTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,128thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,778thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,175thLowest Crime Rates: 14,299thMost Developed: 14,484thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,095thBest Weather: 16,055thHighest Food Quality: 16,661stHighest Average Incomes: 17,831stHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,688thMost Cultured: 19,057thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,329thMost Devout: 22,340thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,069thMost Inclusive: 23,266thSmartest Citizens: 23,395thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23,422ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,957thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 24,142ndMost Efficient Economies: 24,378thLargest Black Market: 25,518th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 57th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 119th in the regionMost Devout: 157th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, government spokespeople are working overtime trying to convince concerned citizens that Tarradellas is not a crook.
  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, soldiers stream their classified military operations live for millions of fans.
  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Barri satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, withdrawal of support for drug addicts is leaving many with cold sweats.
  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.
  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR.
  • : El Barris voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Haku".
  • : El Barris was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, a video of Tarradellas wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news.
  • : Following new legislation in El Barris, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.

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