by Max Barry

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Most Rebellious Youth: 9th Largest Information Technology Sector: 36th Largest Publishing Industry: 41st
The Athenian Paradise of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Think, stupid!
Regional Influence
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Athenian Paradise of Otaku Stratus is a gargantuan, cultured nation, notable for its frequent executions, enforced nudity, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 30.289 billion Stratites have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded individuals juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wisdom City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Stratese economy, worth an astonishing 11,785 trillion sapphires a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Retail. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 389,113 sapphires, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low, Otaku Stratus is increasingly belligerent on the international stage, self-driving cars obey the road rules even during emergencies, and contestants on Otaku Stratus's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Otaku Stratus's national animal is the lion-griffin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Otaku Stratus is ranked 15,302nd in the world and 9th in Japan for Highest Drug Use, scoring 110.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most Rebellious Youth: 9thLargest Information Technology Sector: 36thLargest Publishing Industry: 41stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 57thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 57thMost Cultured: 64thLeast Corrupt Governments: 71stMost Scientifically Advanced: 71stHighest Crime Rates: 74thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 77thLargest Retail Industry: 80thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 82ndMost Stationary: 82ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 87thMost Armed: 103rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 104thHighest Economic Output: 150thSmartest Citizens: 161stRudest Citizens: 236thMost Devout: 298thLargest Populations: 333rdLargest Black Market: 382ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 407thHighest Average Incomes: 429thHealthiest Citizens: 460thMost Avoided: 548thMost Influential: 971stNudest: 1,316thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,561stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,247thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,444thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,625thLargest Mining Sector: 5,033rdMost Developed: 5,166thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,180thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,868thMost Average: 13,257thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,355thHighest Drug Use: 15,302nd
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Average: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, contestants on Otaku Stratus's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, self-driving cars obey the road rules even during emergencies.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, Otaku Stratus is increasingly belligerent on the international stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, Leader's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide.
  • : Otaku Stratus agreed to construct embassies between Japan and Capricornarius.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, lion-griffins are becoming popular in pet stores nationwide.
  • : Otaku Stratus was endorsed by The Lost Carrier of Ryuujou.
  • : Otaku Stratus lodged a message on the Japan Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions.


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