by Max Barry

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Population1.534 billion


The Federation of Glossworth is a massive, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-working, democratic population of 1.534 billion Glossians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 22.8%.

The strong Glossworthian economy, worth 72.5 trillion florins a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is 47,291 florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas, birdsong in the mountains has to be loud enough to drown out nearby jackhammers, most academic research has ground to a halt, and military spending recently hit a new high. Crime is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Glossworth's national animal is the porpoise, which can occasionally be seen avoiding garbage in the nation's murky oceans.

Glossworth is ranked 128,732nd in the world and 3rd in Zecrarth for Most Primitive, scoring -28.28 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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