by Max Barry

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,384thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,008thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,957th
The Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Freedom is overrated
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population880 million


The Commonwealth of Klaig is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its closed borders, triple-decker prams, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 880 million Klaigians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Public Transport. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.1%.

The strong Klaigian economy, worth 40.4 trillion Bears a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 45,939 Bears, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 183,668 per year while the poor average 7,720, a ratio of 23.8 to 1.

Companies flee the nation rather than pay their fair share of taxes, environmental officials dismiss uncontrolled wildfires burning down major cities as nature taking its course, the religious lobby has the power of veto over health initiatives, and 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Klaig's national animal is the Dollar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Klaig is ranked 180,535th in the world and 114th in Caer Sidi for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 28.66 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,384thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,008thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,957thMost Authoritarian: 12,168thTop
Most Conservative: 14,356thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,788thBest Weather: 22,393rd
Most Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 11th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Klaig was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Klaig's influence in Caer Sidi rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Klaig's influence in Caer Sidi rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Klaig's influence in Caer Sidi rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Klaig's influence in Caer Sidi rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Klaig's influence in Caer Sidi rose from "Zero" to "Hatchling".
  • : Klaig relocated from Lazarus to Caer Sidi.
  • : Klaig was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Klaig ceased to exist in Caer Sidi.
  • : Klaig's influence in Caer Sidi rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".