by Max Barry

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Most Authoritarian: 14,557th
The Allied States of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population40 million


The Allied States of Elementary is a small, orderly nation, renowned for its frequent executions, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical population of 40 million Elementaryians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 58.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Elementaryian economy, worth 1.23 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, quite specialized black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Pizza Delivery, Cheese Exports, and Gambling. 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 30,833 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas, military spending recently hit a new high, the police force is rumoured to be made up of evil shadows with no souls, and organ donation is compulsory. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elementary's national animal is the Nut.

Elementary is ranked 156,978th in the world and 6,940th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -7.87 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Authoritarian: 14,557th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 523rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 750th in the region

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