by Max Barry

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,320thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,475thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,599th
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Population18.25 billion

LeaderPresident Monroe
FaithSecular Christianity


The Earth Republic of Kelmet is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Monroe with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, anti-smoking policies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 18.25 billion Kelians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elysium. The average income tax rate is 1.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kelian economy, worth a remarkable 3,759 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 206,010 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle, in a fit of passion President Monroe has shredded thirty years' worth of petitions, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, and 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Kelian Space Agency. Crime is totally unknown. Kelmet's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Secular Christianity.

Kelmet is ranked 2,206th in the world and 2nd in The Pristine Wilderness for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 56,422.95 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,320thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,475thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,599thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,833rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,134thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,198thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,206thTop
Highest Economic Output: 3,468thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,969thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,244thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,396thSafest: 4,557thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,641stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,352ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,773rdMost Cultured: 6,036thHighest Average Incomes: 6,315thHealthiest Citizens: 6,335thMost Efficient Economies: 6,557thSmartest Citizens: 6,857thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,450thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,826thHighest Food Quality: 9,134thMost Developed: 9,274thLargest Populations: 10,350thBest Weather: 10,370thTop
Most Patriotic: 12,917thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,054thMost Armed: 14,293rdMost Rebellious Youth: 17,863rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,822nd

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