by Max Barry

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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,002nd Largest Publishing Industry: 2,187th Most Advanced Public Education: 2,273rd
The Dieselpunk Dystopia of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Progress through Unity!
Civil Rights
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Harkback Union

Population13.996 billion

CapitalUnion City
LeaderLegate Eutris


The Dieselpunk Dystopia of Harkback Union is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Legate Eutris with an even hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 13.996 billion Harkbacks enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Union City. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Harkback Unionian economy, worth a remarkable 2,071 trillion Cradits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 147,984 Cradits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The government decides its policies by observing the flight of birds, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, the question of 'what is Legate Eutris's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange, and the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Harkback Union's national animal is the Catten, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Utilitarianism.

Harkback Union is ranked 4,784th in the world and 224th in Osiris for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 95.09 Effective Tax Rate.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,002ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,187thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,273rdMost Developed: 2,784thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,078thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,195thSmartest Citizens: 3,349thSafest: 3,362ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,743rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,195thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,784thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,917thHighest Economic Output: 5,472ndLargest Governments: 6,151stMost Cultured: 6,421stLowest Crime Rates: 7,299thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,659thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,930thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,026thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,227thMost Pacifist: 8,329thTop
Nudest: 8,909thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,323rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,640thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,785thLargest Populations: 10,296thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,011thHighest Average Incomes: 13,031stMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,772ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,267thHealthiest Citizens: 16,217thMost Inclusive: 16,230th
Most Advanced Public Education: 73rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 75th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 78th in the regionMost Developed: 86th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 112th in the regionSafest: 128th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 132nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 138th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 144th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 154th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 208th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 215th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 224th in the regionMost Cultured: 249th in the regionLargest Governments: 273rd in the regionLargest Populations: 286th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 308th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 308th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 317th in the regionNudest: 328th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 341st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 401st in the regionMost Pacifist: 407th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 415th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 461st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 498th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 547th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 553rd in the region

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