by Max Barry

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 293rd Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 534th Most Rebellious Youth: 570th
The Sleeping Cats of
How fortunate the man with none
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population24.965 billion

LeaderGrey One

Animalsleeping cat

The Sleeping Cats of Greybrow is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Grey One with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 24.965 billion Sleepyheadcats enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. Income tax is unheard of.

The all-consuming Sleepy economy, worth a remarkable 6,640 trillion nones a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. Average income is an amazing 266,011 nones, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 815,092 per year while the poor average 67,201, a ratio of 12.1 to 1.

Businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Sleepy Space Agency, and bike rage is all the rage. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Greybrow's national animal is the sleeping cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Greybrow is ranked 181,943rd in the world and 261st in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -64.34 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 293rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 534thMost Rebellious Youth: 570thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 594thHighest Economic Output: 652ndMost Influential: 782ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 854thHighest Disposable Incomes: 884thMost Armed: 1,003rdHighest Crime Rates: 1,123rdLargest Insurance Industry: 1,207thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,341stRudest Citizens: 1,637thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,935thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,002ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,056thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,175thSmartest Citizens: 2,203rdLargest Populations: 2,275thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,310thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,453rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,621stBest Weather: 2,719thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,971stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,148thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,192ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,563rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,839thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,000thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,682ndMost Developed: 6,860thLargest Black Market: 7,452ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,852ndMost Secular: 8,251stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,670thTop
Nudest: 12,483rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,084th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Armed: 22nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 25th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Greybrow, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Greybrow was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Greybrow was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Greybrow, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Sleepy Space Agency.
  • : Greybrow was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Greybrow was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Greybrow altered its national flag.
  • : Greybrow's influence in Capitalist Paradise rose from "Nipper" to "Truckler".
  • : Following new legislation in Greybrow, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Greybrow relocated from Lazarus to Capitalist Paradise.


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