by Max Barry

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New Joliet

Population2.494 billion


The Federal Republic of New Joliet is a massive, safe nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, public floggings, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.494 billion New Jolietians 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 medium-sized government prioritizes Welfare, although Education, Defense, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. The average income tax rate is 32.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient New Jolietian economy, worth 94.7 trillion marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 37,983 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume, military spending is on the increase, and the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes. Crime is totally unknown. New Joliet's national animal is the Penguin.

New Joliet is ranked 143,300th in the world and 253rd in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 36 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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