by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 5,728thMost Authoritarian: 19,471stMost Devout: 20,417th
The Somewhere of
Corrupt Dictatorship
We blame Dilber
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Mystic Skies

Population2.787 billion


The Somewhere of Mystic Skies is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its parental licensing program, enslaved workforce, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 2.787 billion Mystic Skiesians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Education. The average income tax rate is 67.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Mystic Skiesian economy, worth 104 trillion francs 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 a slick, highly efficient black market in Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. 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 37,626 francs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Graffiti graces every city's streets, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle, crop circles are intently studied by investigators with questionable merits, and a traveller who once stubbed a toe on an Air Brancaland flight has been offered asylum. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mystic Skies's national animal is the kangaroo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Mystic Skies is ranked 219,462nd in the world and 4,984th in the West Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -8.37 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Primitive: 5,728thTop
Most Authoritarian: 19,471stMost Devout: 20,417th
Most Primitive: 87th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 372nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 484th in the region

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