by Max Barry

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,577thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,212thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,593rd
The Crowned Republic of
Capitalist Paradise
Unitas pax libertas e securitas
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population3.45 billion

CapitalHighton City

AnimalCoco Monkey

The Crowned Republic of Highton is a massive, socially progressive nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.45 billion Hightonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Highton City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.7%.

The very strong Hightonian economy, worth 272 trillion Blocks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 78,919 Blocks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 360,390 per year while the poor average 10,535, a ratio of 34.2 to 1.

Voters must frequently select what they view as the lesser of two evils on the ballot, orange is the new black for judicial robes, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, and Highton has designated Highton City as its capital city. Crime is a serious problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Highton's national animal is the Coco Monkey, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Highton is ranked 12,742nd in the world and 491st in The North Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 360,391 Standard Monetary Units.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,577thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,212thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,593rdTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12,742ndLargest Mining Sector: 14,012thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18,225thMost Avoided: 20,203rdFattest Citizens: 20,331stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,545thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21,400thLargest Insurance Industry: 22,341stMost Pro-Market: 22,455thHighest Crime Rates: 22,493rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,569th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 86th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 335th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 387th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 395th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 439th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 489th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 491st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 533rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 566th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 639th in the regionMost Armed: 706th in the regionMost Avoided: 759th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 773rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 777th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 837th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 840th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 936th in the region

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