by Max Barry

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The Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Carpe Diem
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Excellent

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New Baltenstein

Population748 million

CurrencyCredit
AnimalOwl

The Republic of New Baltenstein is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service and irreverence towards religion. The democratic population of 748 million New Baltensteinians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 35.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient New Baltensteinian economy, worth 24.0 trillion Credits a year, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 32,055 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Baltenstein's national animal is the Owl.

New Baltenstein is ranked 219,362nd in the world and 11,547th in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 12.25 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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