by Max Barry

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 5,786thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,358thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,921st
The Ancient Kingdom of
Corporate Police State
Get out of My Way!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.78 billion



The Ancient Kingdom of Gustaven is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its public floggings, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.78 billion Gustavenians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Habaara. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 14.1%.

The powerhouse Gustavenian economy, worth 181 trillion gudas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 65,371 gudas, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 216,770 per year while the poor average 14,716, a ratio of 14.7 to 1.

Heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, and international organisations everywhere are united in their condemnation of the nation's zombified military (Gustaven has found 1 easter egg). Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Gustaven's national animal is the Crow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Gustaven is ranked 103,284th in the world and 5th in United Alliances for Most Valuable International Artwork, with zero Bank.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 5,786thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,358thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,921stMost Corrupt Governments: 20,868th
Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the region

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