by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 633rd Most Pacifist: 1,306th Safest: 1,535th
The United Democracy of
Democratic Socialists
Freedom in Equality
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population14.558 billion



The United Democracy of Matterland is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Xanderal with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 14.558 billion Matterlandians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Solace. The average income tax rate is 96.8%.

The large but underdeveloped Matterlandian economy, worth 918 trillion Matts a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 63,079 Matts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

On graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, many suspect the government "doth protest too much" with their curiously specific denials of conspiracy theories, and shady doctors seem to have impeccable records. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Matterland's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Matterland is ranked 633rd in the world and 69th in 10000 Islands for Most Influential, scoring 98,859 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most Influential: 633rdMost Pacifist: 1,306thSafest: 1,535thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,600thHealthiest Citizens: 2,275thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,393rdMost Stationary: 2,635thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,767thBest Weather: 2,774thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,808thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,915thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,027thNicest Citizens: 3,379thMost Cultured: 3,785thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,810thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,859thSmartest Citizens: 4,530thLargest Governments: 4,822ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,592ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,242ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,425thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,518thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,527thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,623rdMost Secular: 10,315thLargest Populations: 10,805thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,788thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,503rdNudest: 12,597thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,965th
Most Pacifist: 33rd in the regionMost Stationary: 35th in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 40th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 42nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 53rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 54th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 59th in the regionBest Weather: 60th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 64th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 64th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 64th in the regionNicest Citizens: 66th in the regionMost Influential: 69th in the regionLargest Governments: 72nd in the regionMost Cultured: 74th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 84th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 95th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 99th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 111th in the region

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