by Max Barry

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,373rd Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,671st Highest Crime Rates: 10,290th
The Perso-Babylonian Empire of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Wisdom and Tolerance
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.112 billion

LeaderKurush XIII


The Perso-Babylonian Empire of Furonistan is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Kurush XIII with an iron fist, and notable for its absence of drug laws, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.112 billion Furonistanis are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Babylon. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.5%.

The strong Furonistani economy, worth 135 trillion Averoes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 64,011 Averoes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 295,083 per year while the poor average 8,399, a ratio of 35.1 to 1.

Shock troops shock enemy forces with their nudity, the government has certified several glow-in-the-dark athletes as drug free, Furonistanis are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks, and stun grenade flashes and assault weapon fire form the expected nocturnal soundscape of Furonistan. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Furonistan's national animal is the Lamassu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Yarsanism.

Furonistan is ranked 81,078th in the world and 10th in Union of Liberal Nations for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 68.25 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,373rdTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,671stHighest Crime Rates: 10,290thFattest Citizens: 10,535thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,547thMost Pro-Market: 11,139thLargest Retail Industry: 13,361stLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,533rd
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the region

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