by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,432ndMost Secular: 3,842ndLargest Black Market: 6,309th
Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population10.7 billion

Leaderthe Director
FaithDirector Is Greatism

AnimalAfrican crowned eagle

The BOXY BROWN of Nantoraka is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the Director with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, triple-decker prams, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.7 billion Nantorakans 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nuusrora. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 85.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Nantorakan economy, worth a remarkable 1,859 trillion dra'nis 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 large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Trout Farming. 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 impressive 173,741 dra'nis, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 522,005 per year while the poor average 45,140, a ratio of 11.6 to 1.

TV coverage of music festivals consists mostly of backstage interviews, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, political activists are routinely executed, and the typical murderer weighs 150kg and has hairy arms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nantoraka's national animal is the African crowned eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Director Is Greatism.

Nantoraka is ranked 9,574th in the world and 683rd in Lazarus for Most Patriotic, with 59.26 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,432ndMost Secular: 3,842ndLargest Black Market: 6,309thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,759thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,338thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,986thMost Authoritarian: 8,398thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,945thMost Patriotic: 9,574thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,178thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,621stLargest Governments: 12,630thHighest Economic Output: 12,787thMost Conservative: 12,821stHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,301stHighest Average Incomes: 13,747thLowest Crime Rates: 14,002ndTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,095thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,336thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,454thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,920thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,470thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,182ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,273rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,438thLargest Mining Sector: 21,545thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 23,394thHealthiest Citizens: 23,951stLargest Agricultural Sector: 24,545thMost Subsidized Industry: 25,360thSmartest Citizens: 28,214th
Most Secular: 188th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 231st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 312th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 429th in the regionMost Extreme: 449th in the regionMost Conservative: 496th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 508th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 599th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 628th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 677th in the regionMost Patriotic: 683rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 708th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 722nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 735th in the regionLargest Governments: 749th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 770th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 804th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 857th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 887th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 892nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 951st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 996th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Nantoraka's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Nantoraka was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular, Highest Economic Output, Largest Black Market, Most Corrupt Governments, and Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Nantoraka's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Nantoraka was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Nantoraka ceased to exist in Lazarus.
  • : Nantoraka was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Nantoraka was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Nantoraka was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Nantoraka's influence in Lazarus rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in Nantoraka, the typical murderer weighs 150kg and has hairy arms.