by Max Barry

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Most Subsidized Industry: 9th Largest Black Market: 63rd Most Influential: 83rd
The Protectorate of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Come Get Some
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population27.385 billion

CapitalIshmiel City
Faitha major religion


The Protectorate of Ishmiel is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, anti-smoking policies, and strictly enforced bedtime. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful, devout population of 27.385 billion Ishmielians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ishmiel City. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Ishmielian economy, worth a remarkable 8,088 trillion waines a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 295,370 waines, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Police are arresting costumed characters at comic book conventions, government buildings are being cleansed for anything that might have racist connotations, glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town, and the Ishmielian Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive. Ishmiel's national animal is the whale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is a major religion.

Ishmiel is ranked 170,571st in the world and 143rd in Canada for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -42.53 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Most Subsidized Industry: 9thLargest Black Market: 63rdMost Influential: 83rdLargest Publishing Industry: 118thMost Rebellious Youth: 144thMost Advanced Public Education: 144thMost Armed: 293rdHighest Economic Output: 420thHighest Crime Rates: 427thMost Avoided: 531stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 547thLargest Mining Sector: 627thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 630thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 893rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 967thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,170thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,258thHighest Average Incomes: 1,414thLargest Populations: 1,539thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,564thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,864thHealthiest Citizens: 1,980thLargest Governments: 2,962ndNicest Citizens: 3,082ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,291stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,512thMost Primitive: 4,549thSmartest Citizens: 5,346thMost Developed: 5,546thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,730thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,083rdTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 10,011thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,930thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,301stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,103rd
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Average: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the region

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