by Max Barry

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McMasterdonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 151
Most Influential: 104th Largest Black Market: 2,584th Largest Publishing Industry: 2,981st
The Kianese Empire of
Mother Knows Best State
You have nothing to fear, if you have nothing to hide.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population14.281 billion

LeaderThe Queen Mother

AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Kianese Empire of McMasterdonia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Queen Mother with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, smutty television, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 14.281 billion McMasterdonians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Intelligentsia. The average income tax rate is 69.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming McMasterdonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,074 trillion Livres a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 145,294 Livres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Short shrift is being given to applications for political asylum from illegal immigrants, the number of deaths due to poor fungus identification is mushrooming, Maxtopian villagers starve by the time McMasterdonian officials even file the appropriate paperwork needed to help them, and foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade McMasterdonian Moonshine". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. McMasterdonia's national animal is the McMasterdonian Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

McMasterdonia is ranked 24,309th in the world and 1,090th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,763.38 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Influential: 104thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,584thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,981stHealthiest Citizens: 3,514thMost Cultured: 3,867thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,249thHighest Economic Output: 5,614thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,036thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,500thBest Weather: 6,937thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,694thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,074thSmartest Citizens: 8,299thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,583rdTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 9,938thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,154thLargest Populations: 10,278thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,575thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,876thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,628thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,901stMost Secular: 12,221stMost Developed: 13,002ndHighest Average Incomes: 13,895thMost Inclusive: 15,497thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,000thLargest Governments: 16,519thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,996thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,551st
Most Influential: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 80th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 131st in the regionLargest Populations: 134th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 142nd in the regionMost Cultured: 187th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 194th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 290th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 298th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 302nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 327th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 348th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 364th in the regionBest Weather: 371st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 377th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 391st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 426th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 454th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 493rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 559th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 575th in the regionMost Secular: 635th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 659th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 665th in the regionMost Developed: 751st in the regionLargest Governments: 792nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 854th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 870th in the regionMost Inclusive: 890th in the region

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