by Max Barry

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Highest Poor Incomes: 55th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 88th Most Cultured: 93rd
The Protectorate of
Democratic Socialists
A world lit only by fire
Lord Protector Zakath
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Protectorate of Oriconia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Lord Protector Zakath with an even hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 17.174 billion Oriconians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ashan. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Oriconian economy, worth a remarkable 6,374 trillion sovereigns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. Average income is an amazing 371,179 sovereigns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mandatory daycare is provided by the government, the Oriconia Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy, and the right school tie opens more doors than the right qualification. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oriconia's national animal is the lynx, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Oriconia is ranked 1,160th in the world and 25th in the Pacific for Most Devout, with 7,852.34 Prayers Per Hour.

Highest Poor Incomes: 55thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 88thMost Cultured: 93rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 198thLargest Publishing Industry: 224thMost Compassionate Citizens: 296thNicest Citizens: 332ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 400thMost Developed: 443rdHealthiest Citizens: 466thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 524thHighest Average Incomes: 527thLowest Crime Rates: 575thLargest Governments: 609thHighest Economic Output: 630thLongest Average Lifespans: 650thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 769thSmartest Citizens: 795thMost Cheerful Citizens: 812thMost Pacifist: 1,021stMost Stationary: 1,043rdMost Devout: 1,160thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,295thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 1,579thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,898thMost Efficient Economies: 1,997thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,013thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,070thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,149thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,146thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,171stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,703rdLargest Populations: 4,992ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,143rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,304thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,457thBest Weather: 5,608thMost Inclusive: 5,719thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,034thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,075thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,142ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,147thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,748thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,065thSafest: 7,172ndMost Influential: 7,227thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 8,177thMost Income Equality: 9,743rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,219thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,943rd
Most Cultured: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 24th in the regionMost Devout: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 37th in the regionLargest Populations: 38th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 43rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 66th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 83rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 101st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 113th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 126th in the regionMost Influential: 131st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 134th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 138th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 154th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 156th in the regionBest Weather: 168th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 171st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 172nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 209th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 209th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 213th in the regionMost Inclusive: 214th in the regionSafest: 219th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 221st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 272nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 289th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 434th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, the right school tie opens more doors than the right qualification.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, the Oriconia Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, mandatory daycare is provided by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, drive-by spoilers are an increasingly common crime.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, Ashan spends billions upgrading public transport.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, the nation's massive battleships are often mistaken for islands.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, Propaganda and Partisanship 101 is a required class all political candidates must pass before being nominated by their chosen party.
  • : Following new legislation in Oriconia, surveillance cameras are banned.


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