by Max Barry

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Highest Drug Use: 486th Largest Black Market: 552nd Most Subsidized Industry: 789th
The Retired Senator of
Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence
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The Retired Senator of Feux is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Nahaliel with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.262 billion Fools are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Francograd. The average income tax rate is 93.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Feuxian economy, worth a remarkable 3,075 trillion Denarii a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 299,723 Denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Asking a cutie their star sign is always met with withering scorn, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Feux's mid-life crisis, vets have been drafted in to help "fix" those who fail the parental license exam, and teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries. Crime is totally unknown. Feux's national animal is the Phénix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Lumières.

Feux is ranked 71,778th in the world and 3,458th in the Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 1,632.52 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Highest Drug Use: 486thLargest Black Market: 552ndMost Subsidized Industry: 789thMost Cultured: 876thHighest Poor Incomes: 940thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 967thMost Developed: 980thHighest Average Incomes: 1,162ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,168thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,357thSmartest Citizens: 1,358thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,434thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,527thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,838thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,271stHighest Economic Output: 2,274thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,344thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,471stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,480thLargest Governments: 2,539thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,549thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,620thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,916thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,135thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,145thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,309thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,574thLowest Crime Rates: 7,022ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,534thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,045thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,186thMost Devout: 9,955thMost Inclusive: 11,134thHealthiest Citizens: 12,158thLargest Populations: 12,463rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,623rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,149thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,156th
Largest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionMost Cultured: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 27th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 31st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 36th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 39th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 53rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 54th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 54th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 56th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 58th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Governments: 72nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 76th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 83rd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 102nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 182nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 185th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 187th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 213th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 225th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 228th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 258th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 297th in the regionMost Devout: 306th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 377th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 378th in the regionMost Inclusive: 425th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 526th in the regionNudest: 689th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Feux lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries.
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, vets have been drafted in to help "fix" those who fail the parental license exam.
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Feux's mid-life crisis.
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, asking a cutie their star sign is always met with withering scorn.
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, people who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns.
  • : Feux's influence in The Pacific rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee.
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, government polices change at the drop of a rabbit.
  • : Following new legislation in Feux, policy reversals are more often graceful demi-détournés than u-turns.


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