by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 218th Lowest Crime Rates: 240th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 280th
The Protectorate of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Strength Through Compliance
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population4.275 billion

LeaderCentral Director


The Protectorate of Matonis is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Central Director with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.275 billion Matonisans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, 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 Watchtower. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Matonisan economy, worth a remarkable 1,226 trillion marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 286,974 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture, foreign musicians that Central Director dislikes are turned away at the border, the doctor has cold hands, and libraries are refusing to stock A Midsummer Night's Dream because it has an ass in it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Matonis's national animal is the parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Matonis is ranked 150,085th in the world and 5,234th in the Rejected Realms for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -1106.21 on the Hayek Index.

Most Secular: 218thLowest Crime Rates: 240thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 280thHighest Poor Incomes: 469thMost Scientifically Advanced: 560thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 613thLargest Governments: 740thLargest Information Technology Sector: 809thHighest Average Tax Rates: 856thSmartest Citizens: 989thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,042ndMost Conservative: 1,387thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,426thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 1,642ndMost Authoritarian: 1,814thSafest: 1,860thHighest Average Incomes: 1,870thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,937thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,051stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,324thMost Developed: 2,550thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,792ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,794thLargest Mining Sector: 2,871stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,519thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,649thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,873rdMost Extreme: 5,648thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,870thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 8,220thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,933rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,391stLargest Welfare Programs: 9,566thMost Influential: 10,025thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,150thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,154thHighest Economic Output: 11,237thMost Income Equality: 12,110thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,389th
Lowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 29th in the regionMost Conservative: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 35th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 40th in the regionSafest: 44th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 45th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 57th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 58th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 59th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 59th in the regionMost Developed: 66th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 68th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 71st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 80th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 88th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 119th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 124th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 157th in the regionMost Influential: 200th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 204th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 218th in the regionMost Extreme: 221st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 254th in the regionMost Income Equality: 255th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 260th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 267th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 292nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 300th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 428th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 450th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 496th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matonis, libraries are refusing to stock A Midsummer Night's Dream because it has an ass in it.
  • : Matonis voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The New Inquisition".
  • : Following new legislation in Matonis, the doctor has cold hands.
  • : Following new legislation in Matonis, foreign musicians that Central Director dislikes are turned away at the border.
  • : Following new legislation in Matonis, the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture.
  • : Matonis was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Matonis, unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Watchtower make great practice for foreign snipers.
  • : Following new legislation in Matonis, babysitters are a thing of the past.
  • : Matonis voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Reducing Food Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Matonis, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings".


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