by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,028th Most Avoided: 4,203rd Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,826th
The Federal Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
All for nothing at all
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population689 million



The Federal Republic of PIDLE is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its public floggings, frequent executions, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 689 million Icsadas 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Napriyed. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 32.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Icsadan economy, worth 82.0 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 118,942 credits, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

Many former slaves are finding out there is such a thing as a free lunch, gun-wielding gangsters sometimes deal death from as far as ten paces away, crossbow bolts fill the skies if so much as a sparrow flies overhead, and citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PIDLE's national animal is the bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

PIDLE is ranked 156,326th in the world and 6,006th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 44.79 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,028thMost Avoided: 4,203rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,826thLargest Mining Sector: 5,502ndMost Influential: 5,922ndLargest Retail Industry: 5,986thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,320thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 8,617thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,333rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,197thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,352ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,144thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,671stLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,599th
Most Avoided: 62nd in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 80th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 87th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 125th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 171st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 175th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 226th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 238th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 241st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 248th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 303rd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 364th in the regionMost Influential: 406th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 417th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 441st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 468th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 491st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 528th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 546th in the region

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