by Max Barry

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Rudest Citizens: 5,674th Most Avoided: 9,291st Most Politically Free: 9,607th
The Federation of
Corporate Bordello
The verve to stimulate the predilictions of your soul.
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Gramophone III

Population542 million

CapitalPhonographia

CurrencyVinyl
AnimalVictrola

The Federation of Gramophone III is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 542 million Gramophonics are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Phonographia. The average income tax rate is 13.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Gramophonic economy, worth 39.7 trillion Vinyls a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is 73,231 Vinyls, with the richest citizens earning 5.0 times as much as the poorest.

The Gramophone III Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high, a life spent suffering in silence is considered noble, and religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs. Crime is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Gramophone III's national animal is the Victrola, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Gramophone III is ranked 100,619th in the world and 232nd in Last Flight for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 547.14 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 5,674thTop
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Most Avoided: 9,291stMost Politically Free: 9,607thLargest Mining Sector: 12,260thMost Armed: 13,339thMost Pro-Market: 14,356th
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Most Conservative: 16th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, a life spent suffering in silence is considered noble.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, the Gramophone III Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon'.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, tourists are denied entry because of a distant relative married to a Lilliputian.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, chickens roam the streets freely.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, classes at Phonographia University get canceled on Brancaland's Independence Day.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, a performance of the hit musical "Mamma Tua" has been delayed after squatters were found sleeping in the orchestra pit.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, politicians sweat as journalists scour internet archives for any mention of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Gramophone III, the fire protection service is wholly government-funded.

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