by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,847thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,951stBest Weather: 3,834th
The Commonwealth of
Democratic Socialists
Nature is our greatest ally
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population1.768 billion

CapitalLockwood city
LeaderPM Athur Lockwood

AnimalOrang Utan

The Commonwealth of Norbarch is a massive, genial nation, ruled by PM Athur Lockwood with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, prohibition of alcohol, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 1.768 billion Norbarchians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lockwood city. The average income tax rate is 78.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Norbarchian economy, worth 202 trillion Euros a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 114,523 Euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size, helping grandma with her Misgendering 101 homework is a national rite of passage, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public, and children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Norbarch's national animal is the Orang Utan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Norbarch is ranked 17,883rd in the world and 253rd in Europe for Largest Governments, scoring 27.46 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Influential: 2,847thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,951stBest Weather: 3,834thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,804thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,664thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,262ndMost Pacifist: 7,386thHealthiest Citizens: 7,461stMost Inclusive: 7,689thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,880thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,698thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,904thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,041stSafest: 9,454thNicest Citizens: 9,615thMost Secular: 9,698thMost Developed: 10,062ndMost Advanced Public Education: 10,549thLowest Crime Rates: 11,428thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,435thSmartest Citizens: 12,764thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,943rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,155thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,217thLargest Governments: 17,883rdLargest Welfare Programs: 19,875thMost Efficient Economies: 20,782ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,304thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,471stMost Income Equality: 23,576th
Best Weather: 73rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 115th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 125th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 126th in the region

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