by Max Barry

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,251st Most Corrupt Governments: 5,224th Largest Publishing Industry: 5,470th
The Collective Monarchy of
Father Knows Best State
Take what they owe. Reap what you sow.
Maxim Gorgen
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population1.131 billion

LeaderMaxim Gorgen
FaithA unofficial cult of the current King

CurrencyHystarian Yerk

The Collective Monarchy of Hystaria is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Maxim Gorgen with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, zero percent divorce rate, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.131 billion Hystarians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arctol. The average income tax rate is 69.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Hystarian economy, worth 196 trillion Hystarian Yerks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 173,785 Hystarian Yerks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

The government-sponsored autobiography 'A Maxim Gorgen For All Seasons' has only been bought by the most loyal of Maxim Gorgen's supporters, bread-gangs raid restaurant waste bins to stockpile uneaten rolls, school uniforms are compulsory, and an inkwell of goats' blood is supplied on school desks across the nation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hystaria's national animal is the Narwhal and its national religion is A unofficial cult of the current King.

Hystaria is ranked 147,620th in the world and 75th in The Bar on the corner of every region for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 50.35 Workforce Participation Rate.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,251stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,224thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,470thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,937thMost Cultured: 6,735thMost Secular: 7,361stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,479thLargest Black Market: 7,865thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 8,427thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,872ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,276thHealthiest Citizens: 9,766thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,054thMost Efficient Economies: 10,819thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,678thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,879thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,958thMost Developed: 12,352ndLargest Governments: 12,366thLargest Retail Industry: 12,694thLowest Crime Rates: 13,084thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,493rdSmartest Citizens: 13,520thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,868thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,493rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,961stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,145th
Most Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the region

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