by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 349thHealthiest Citizens: 1,608thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,039th
The Wooded Land of
Corrupt Dictatorship
We are the forest, and the forest are we.
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population11.307 billion



The Wooded Land of Konar is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Bluie with an iron fist, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, free-roaming dinosaurs, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.307 billion Konarians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Emswe. The average income tax rate is 87.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Konarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,529 trillion chukas a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 135,233 chukas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, teachers are routinely tested to keep their jobs, it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom, and the police strictly enforce off-limit zones for tourists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Konar's national animal is the tersik, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Konar is ranked 200,133rd in the world and 8,726th in The North Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -413.58 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 349thHealthiest Citizens: 1,608thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,039thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,472ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,197thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,197thMost Secular: 3,525thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,555thBest Weather: 3,569thMost Developed: 4,149thMost Influential: 4,612thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,938thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,308thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,957thSmartest Citizens: 7,012thMost Inclusive: 7,108thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,704thMost Pacifist: 8,064thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,276thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,083rdLargest Governments: 9,126thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,592ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,634thTop
Highest Economic Output: 10,437thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,827thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,222ndMost Beautiful Environments: 13,691stMost Efficient Economies: 15,637thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,042ndHighest Average Incomes: 17,159thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,188thLargest Black Market: 17,309th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 54th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 91st in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 126th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 132nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 147th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 158th in the regionMost Secular: 184th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 208th in the regionBest Weather: 211th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 235th in the regionMost Developed: 254th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 283rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 328th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 350th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 356th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 404th in the regionLargest Populations: 406th in the regionMost Inclusive: 434th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 436th in the regionLargest Governments: 452nd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 461st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 462nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 531st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 547th in the regionLargest Black Market: 581st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 626th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 693rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 775th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 789th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 813th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 869th in the region

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