by Max Barry

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Population1.551 billion



The Kingdom of Northbatten is a massive, genial nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, prohibition of alcohol, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical population of 1.551 billion Northbattenians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Guinevere. The average income tax rate is 39.4%.

The powerhouse Northbattenian economy, worth 123 trillion Lyres a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. Average income is 79,857 Lyres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

Anyone who so much as looks at Royalty without the proper amount of deference is jailed, money that should have gone to charities is instead spent on monitoring them, Leader has just been declared ruler of Northbatten in an international press conference, and attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northbatten's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Northbatten is ranked 228,556th in the world and 14th in Of Books and Stories for Fattest Citizens, with 5.96 Obesity Rate.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,248thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,947thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,656thBest Weather: 19,169thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,500th
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