by Max Barry

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Most Cultured: 104th Smartest Citizens: 129th Largest Governments: 135th
The Federal Union of
New York Times Democracy
Zippity Zappity that violates the Napity
President Marshall Buchanan
WA Delegate / Princess Regent
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population12.776 billion

LeaderPresident Marshall Buchanan

CurrencyShiny bit
AnimalSlaaneshi Tentacle Beast

The Federal Union of Fantrum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Marshall Buchanan with a fair hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, unlimited-speed roads, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 12.776 billion Heretics enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Washington. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Fantrumian economy, worth a remarkable 5,198 trillion Shiny bits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 406,886 Shiny bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Fantrum-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways, in pet stores nationwide Slaaneshi Tentacle Beasts are growing in popularity, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, and high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD. Crime is totally unknown. Fantrum's national animal is the Slaaneshi Tentacle Beast, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Fantrum is ranked 233rd in the world and 2nd in Pax Britannia for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 778.06 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Cultured: 104thSmartest Citizens: 129thLargest Governments: 135thHighest Average Tax Rates: 209thHighest Poor Incomes: 227thMost Scientifically Advanced: 233rdMost Subsidized Industry: 392ndHighest Average Incomes: 432ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 512thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 519thMost Inclusive: 522ndLargest Publishing Industry: 529thRudest Citizens: 571stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 604thMost Secular: 630thSafest: 663rdMost Developed: 705thMost Rebellious Youth: 731stLargest Information Technology Sector: 869thMost Advanced Public Education: 876thMost Cheerful Citizens: 962ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 992ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,022ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,024thHighest Economic Output: 1,038thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,214thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,377thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,401stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,563rdTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,796thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,138thHealthiest Citizens: 2,614thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,700thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,630thMost Politically Free: 5,060thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,241stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,040thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,429thTop
Largest Populations: 9,704thMost Influential: 12,837thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,663rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the region

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