by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 483rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 638thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,454th
The Inglish Socialist Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population1.763 billion

CapitalAirstrip One
LeaderBig Brother

CurrencyMeadrinian Goso
AnimalMeadrinian Vulture

The Inglish Socialist Republic of Meadrin is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Big Brother with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.763 billion Meadrinians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Airstrip One. The average income tax rate is 74.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Meadrinian economy, worth 469 trillion Meadrinian Gosoes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 266,113 Meadrinian Gosoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Big Brother has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space, Meadrinians caught jaywalking often have their houses seized by the police, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, and athletes and street criminals compete for solid steel baseball bats. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Meadrin's national animal is the Meadrinian Vulture, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Meadrin is ranked 2,532nd in the world and 4th in Isle Of Wooloo Kingdom for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 7,969.99 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 483rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 638thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,454thMost Armed: 1,655thLargest Mining Sector: 1,726thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,731stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,832ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,835thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,532ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,955thHighest Average Incomes: 2,969thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,346thLargest Black Market: 3,982ndMost Avoided: 4,560thMost Secular: 4,724thMost Conservative: 5,526thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,404thLowest Crime Rates: 7,592ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,664thMost Authoritarian: 8,154thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,287thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,105thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,000thLargest Governments: 11,900thTop
Most Developed: 13,242ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,981stHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,470thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,529thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,644thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,063rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,343rd
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Conservative: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 18th in the region

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