by Max Barry

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,243rd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,753rd Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,542nd
The Fourth Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Liberty, Unity, Strength.
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population10.507 billion

CapitalOrchard Hills
LeaderNicolaus Messner

AnimalEurasian Sparrowhawk

The Fourth Republic of Pantoufle is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Nicolaus Messner with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, vat-grown people, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 10.507 billion Pantouflians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orchard Hills. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Pantouflian economy, worth a remarkable 1,351 trillion Marques a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 128,619 Marques, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 471,056 per year while the poor average 24,884, a ratio of 18.9 to 1.

Doctors prescribe videos of political debates to patients with insomnia, light entertainment isn't dead, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows, and the children of Pantoufle are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pantoufle's national animal is the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Pantoufle is ranked 39,604th in the world and 46th in Wintreath for Most Pro-Market, scoring 62.11 on the Rand Index.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,243rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,753rdTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,542ndLargest Welfare Programs: 2,908thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,913thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,969thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,404thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,855thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,930thMost Developed: 4,333rdMost Influential: 4,451stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,505thLargest Governments: 4,829thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,419thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,603rdMost Pacifist: 5,604thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,747thBest Weather: 6,527thHealthiest Citizens: 6,553rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,734thMost Cultured: 7,790thLowest Crime Rates: 7,848thNicest Citizens: 8,049thSmartest Citizens: 8,191stTop
Highest Economic Output: 9,714thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,293rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,362ndMost Secular: 10,850thSafest: 10,944thMost Efficient Economies: 14,179thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,547thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,190thRudest Citizens: 17,086th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 24th in the regionNicest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Populations: 27th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 34th in the regionSafest: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pantoufle's influence in Wintreath fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".
  • : Pantoufle was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Pantoufle published "About Nicolaus Messner, the 3rd President of the 4th Republic" (Factbook: Politics).
  • : Pantoufle changed its national motto to "Liberty, Unity, Strength.".
  • : Pantoufle changed its national leader to "Nicolaus Messner" and its motto to "Liberty, Unity, Equality.".
  • : Pantoufle was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Pantoufle's influence in Wintreath rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Pantoufle was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantoufle, the children of Pantoufle are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantoufle, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.


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