by Max Barry

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,389th Most Devout: 14,926th
The Queendom of
Corporate Police State
Mené par les dieux, réglé par les religieux
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Penult

Population26 million

Currencyforgé
Animalred elephant

The Queendom of Penult is a small, efficient nation, notable for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 26 million Penultans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Spirituality, with Law & Order and Defense also on the agenda, while International Aid and Environment are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13.3%.

The very strong Penultan economy, worth 1.21 trillion forgés a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Pizza Delivery, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is 46,375 forgés, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

Thieves are flogged in public for their crimes, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional, and gambling is outlawed. Crime is moderate, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Penult's national animal is the red elephant, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Penult is ranked 38,904th in the world and 2,209th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 95.81 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,389thMost Devout: 14,926th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 619th in the regionMost Devout: 733rd in the region

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