by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,374thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,686thSafest: 7,003rd
The Most Serene Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
For Salvation and Salvation only
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population366 million

CapitalSeer's Crown


The Most Serene Republic of Horacellum is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and public floggings. The compassionate, cynical population of 366 million Seersfolks are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seer's Crown. The average income tax rate is 85.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Horacellumian economy, worth 19.8 trillion Elniys a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration and Uranium Mining. Average income is 54,175 Elniys, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, and from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Horacellum. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Horacellum's national animal is the Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Horacellum is ranked 236,969th in the world and 919th in 10000 Islands for Most Armed, with 0.15 Weapons Per Person.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,374thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,686thSafest: 7,003rdMost Pacifist: 8,368thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,091stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,346thMost Influential: 9,857thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,894thNicest Citizens: 11,658thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,155thTop
Most Inclusive: 13,294thMost Income Equality: 13,433rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,857thLowest Crime Rates: 16,755thBest Weather: 17,502ndHealthiest Citizens: 17,902ndMost Cultured: 18,532ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,580thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,600thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,554thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,397thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,760thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,999th
Most Income Equality: 39th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 102nd in the region

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