by Max Barry

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Safest: 22ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 31stMost Advanced Public Transport: 34th
The Concordium of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Freedom above all
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Independent Planets

Population30.998 billion

CapitalSaint Francis
LeaderChief Executive Mark Halpert


The Concordium of Independent Planets is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Chief Executive Mark Halpert with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, national health service, and frequent executions. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 30.998 billion Planetians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Spirituality, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Francis. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Planetian economy, worth an astonishing 10,386 trillion credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 335,080 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens have to dodge their neighbor's drones while getting the morning paper, the new coalition government has 99 problems and can't agree on how to fix one, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program, and motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Independent Planets's national animal is the ox, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Independent Planets is ranked 176,305th in the world and 195th in Texas for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -42.12 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Safest: 22ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 31stMost Advanced Public Transport: 34thNicest Citizens: 45thLeast Corrupt Governments: 50thMost Advanced Public Education: 54thMost Compassionate Citizens: 63rdMost Cultured: 73rdLowest Crime Rates: 75thMost Pacifist: 80thHighest Average Tax Rates: 86thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 95thLargest Governments: 102ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 159thMost Devout: 162ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 317thHighest Economic Output: 338thSmartest Citizens: 361stHighest Poor Incomes: 379thMost Subsidized Industry: 409thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 447thMost Efficient Economies: 516thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 524thMost Developed: 664thLongest Average Lifespans: 793rdLargest Publishing Industry: 925thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,042ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,145thHighest Average Incomes: 1,252ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,440thHealthiest Citizens: 1,517thLargest Populations: 1,616thTop
Most Influential: 2,283rdMost Inclusive: 2,334thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,391stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,270thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,221stBest Weather: 13,101stMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,340thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,537thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,323rd
Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 11th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the region

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