by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 3,577thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,063rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,349th
The Capitalist Republic of
Corporate Police State
Capitalism, stability, austerity.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population1.253 billion

CapitalKyundao City
LeaderChairman Sung


The Capitalist Republic of Kyundao is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Chairman Sung with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.253 billion Kyundaoans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, moralistic, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kyundao City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.5%.

The all-consuming Kyundaoan economy, worth 138 trillion Won a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 110,604 Won, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 629,606 per year while the poor average 9,450, a ratio of 66.6 to 1.

Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, childish pranks are no laughing matter, rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers, and the police have been known to wiretap confessional boxes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Kyundao's national animal is the Gibbon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Confucianism.

Kyundao is ranked 60,448th in the world and 898th in 10000 Islands for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 50.99 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Armed: 3,577thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,063rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,349thFattest Citizens: 8,075thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,245thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,453rdTop
Most Avoided: 10,858thLargest Retail Industry: 11,304thLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,451stLargest Insurance Industry: 14,594thMost Pro-Market: 14,929thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,978thMost Conservative: 16,164thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,264thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18,803rd
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 41st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 45th in the regionMost Armed: 47th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 51st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 66th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 66th in the regionFattest Citizens: 91st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 92nd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 102nd in the regionMost Conservative: 125th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 127th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 153rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 154th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 156th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 178th in the regionMost Extreme: 187th in the region

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