by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 344thHealthiest Citizens: 1,611thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,012th
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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Population11.281 billion



The Wooded Land of Konar is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Bluie with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avant-garde cinema, sprawling nuclear power plants, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.281 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 1,525 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 9,504th in the world and 428th in The North Pacific for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 87.56 Effective Tax Rate.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 344thHealthiest Citizens: 1,611thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,012thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,460thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,151stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,184thMost Secular: 3,520thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,532ndBest Weather: 3,582ndMost Developed: 4,135thMost Influential: 4,548thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,881stLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,336thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,926thSmartest Citizens: 7,046thMost Inclusive: 7,097thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,639thMost Pacifist: 8,021stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,294thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,082ndLargest Governments: 9,139thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,504thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,606thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,849thTop
Highest Economic Output: 10,473rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,691stMost Beautiful Environments: 13,700thMost Efficient Economies: 15,568thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,850thHighest Average Incomes: 17,275thLargest Black Market: 17,297thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,367th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 53rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 90th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 124th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 124th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 125th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 147th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 154th in the regionMost Secular: 185th in the regionBest Weather: 209th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 215th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 234th in the regionMost Developed: 251st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 278th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 333rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 349th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 365th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 406th in the regionLargest Populations: 408th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 428th in the regionMost Inclusive: 439th in the regionLargest Governments: 452nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 456th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 461st in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 517th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 529th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 535th in the regionLargest Black Market: 581st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 691st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 767th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 779th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 823rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 885th in the region

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