by Max Barry

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,059th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13,919th
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Population407 million

CapitalThe Salt Mines

AnimalHoly Salt Grain

The United Kingdom of Marquisal is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 407 million Loyals 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Salt Mines. The average income tax rate is 55.7%.

The thriving Marquisalian economy, worth 31.7 trillion Konings a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 77,887 Konings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Michelin-star chefs are being called on to prepare menus for six-year-olds, builders across Marquisal are blocked up with orders for new public loos, former nobles are being issued new identities in the wake of the end of serfdom, and the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marquisal's national animal is the Holy Salt Grain, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Marquisal is ranked 146,075th in the world and 9th in The Illuminati for Highest Drug Use, scoring 9.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,059thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13,919th

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