by Max Barry

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 161stMost Influential: 1,004thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,133rd
The Last True Viking of
Moralistic Democracy
Until the End, Never Broken
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population14.631 billion

LeaderEmperor Irwin IV


The Last True Viking of Esplandia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Irwin IV with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, ban on automobiles, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 14.631 billion Esplandians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karthied. The average income tax rate is 86.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Esplandish economy, worth a remarkable 2,252 trillion Scylds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 153,970 Scylds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll, many believe that Emperor Irwin IV's head is big enough for the sun to orbit around it, racial supremacists have a burning desire to deal with immigrants, and pregnant women make easy targets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Esplandia's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Aelostianism.

Esplandia is ranked 3,734th in the world and 179th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 16,373.66 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 161stMost Influential: 1,004thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,133rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,292ndTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,815thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,734thLargest Black Market: 4,795thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,903rdMost Cultured: 5,318thLargest Retail Industry: 5,481stMost Efficient Economies: 5,594thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,682ndMost Corrupt Governments: 5,888thLowest Crime Rates: 6,750thMost Developed: 6,785thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,174thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,335thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,473rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,855thHighest Economic Output: 8,274thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,686thLargest Governments: 9,939thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,138thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,397thHealthiest Citizens: 10,845thSmartest Citizens: 11,192ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,316thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,059thBest Weather: 13,260thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 14,271stHighest Food Quality: 14,415thLargest Populations: 20,402ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22,610thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26,989th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 90th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 109th in the regionLargest Black Market: 124th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 130th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 168th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 179th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 198th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 258th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 265th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 275th in the regionMost Cultured: 276th in the regionMost Influential: 291st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 307th in the regionLargest Populations: 357th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 365th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 367th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 394th in the regionMost Developed: 403rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 426th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 427th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 431st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 435th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 517th in the regionLargest Governments: 530th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 549th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 601st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 639th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 642nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 670th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 721st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 811th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 843rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 865th in the region

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