by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,200thMost Armed: 6,126thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,708th
The Golden Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population654 million

CapitalNew Hieraflon

CurrencyReal Parkiantian

The Golden Empire of Parkiant is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, parental licensing program, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 654 million parkinans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Hieraflon. The average income tax rate is 51.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Parkiantian economy, worth 74.2 trillion Real Parkiantians a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 113,438 Real Parkiantians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

The latest guided missile cruiser "Ship-1642" has received precisely zero column inches in the press, nursing mothers are often arrested for indecent exposure, cutting-edge missile systems are being retrofitted to twin-prop air force biplanes, and women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Parkiant's national animal is the Zombie, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Parkiant is ranked 19,584th in the world and 17th in Aster for Most Conservative, scoring 81.75 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,200thTop
Most Armed: 6,126thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 13,708thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,393rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,086thMost Developed: 16,115thLargest Retail Industry: 17,101stLowest Crime Rates: 18,445thMost Conservative: 19,584thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,602ndMost Cultured: 21,452ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,039thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,681stHealthiest Citizens: 23,271stMost Patriotic: 23,453rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the region

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