by Max Barry

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Largest Mining Sector: 4,433rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,682ndMost Cultured: 7,740th
The Lion Realm of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Nihil sine Deo
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.66 billion



The Lion Realm of Hardenburg is a colossal, safe nation, remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, vat-grown people, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, devout population of 6.66 billion Hardenburgians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carimof. The average income tax rate is 72.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hardenburgian economy, worth a remarkable 1,001 trillion pennings a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 150,438 pennings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

It is quite common for bar patrons to discuss Wittgenstein over cordials and games of backgammon, newlywed misogynists complain about their wives keeping their maiden names, toast never burns but always has a weird chemical taste, and the newest shade developed by Hardenburg's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hardenburg's national animal is the eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Hardenburg is ranked 180,417th in the world and 100th in Institute of Cellulose for Most Armed, with 0.24 Weapons Per Person.

Largest Mining Sector: 4,433rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,682ndMost Cultured: 7,740thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,883rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,008thMost Efficient Economies: 8,723rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,430thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,881stHealthiest Citizens: 10,208thMost Developed: 10,604thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,085thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,496thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 13,116thSmartest Citizens: 13,346thLargest Black Market: 13,409thHighest Average Incomes: 14,116thLargest Governments: 15,770thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,871stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,098thLargest Retail Industry: 17,231stLowest Crime Rates: 17,838thHighest Economic Output: 18,466thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,286thMost Devout: 22,377thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,633rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,241st
Most Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 12th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the region

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