by Max Barry

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Most Patriotic: 425thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,340thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,378th
The Provost of
Democratic Socialists
Ra zokir turo huro'a er kathar
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.525 billion

LeaderThe Gharkost


The Provost of Honourbound is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The Gharkost with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 4.525 billion Honourbound are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Administration, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stratao. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Honourbound economy, worth a remarkable 1,032 trillion venariis a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 228,120 venariis, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends, people faint regularly as they get stuck with compulsory vaccinations, contestants on Honourbound's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent, and patriots insist that size does matter. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Honourbound's national animal is the Thunderbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Honourbound is ranked 2,160th in the world and 72nd in the Pacific for Lowest Crime Rates, with 137.97 law-abiding acts per hour.

Most Patriotic: 425thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,340thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,378thLowest Crime Rates: 2,160thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,211thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,277thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,278thLargest Governments: 2,460thMost Developed: 2,871stTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,086thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,197thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,209thHealthiest Citizens: 3,374thSafest: 3,504thSmartest Citizens: 3,882ndMost Inclusive: 4,324thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,125thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,223rdHighest Average Incomes: 5,602ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,841stMost Efficient Economies: 6,247thHighest Food Quality: 6,860thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,223rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,058thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,194thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,358thMost Secular: 10,330thBest Weather: 10,692ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,840thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,630thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,716thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,204thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,442ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,943rdTop
Most Influential: 15,608thMost Income Equality: 22,144thHighest Economic Output: 23,782ndMost Corrupt Governments: 28,973rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29,479th
Most Patriotic: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 42nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 58th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 59th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 65th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 66th in the regionLargest Governments: 71st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 72nd in the regionTop
Most Developed: 91st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 99th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 102nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 102nd in the regionSafest: 102nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 107th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Inclusive: 110th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 114th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 128th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 138th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 145th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 160th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 209th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 219th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 220th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 223rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 247th in the regionMost Secular: 269th in the regionBest Weather: 273rd in the regionMost Influential: 286th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 295th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 306th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 313th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 317th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 330th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 383rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 411th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 578th in the regionMost Income Equality: 802nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 807th in the region

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