by Max Barry

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Most Pro-Market: 92ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,551stHighest Crime Rates: 3,625th
The Queen's State of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Corruption First
Civil Rights
Very Good
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Ponts de Laval

Population22.963 billion


The Queen's State of Ponts de Laval is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its complete lack of prisons, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 22.963 billion Ponts de Lavalians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.9%.

The very strong Ponts de Lavalian economy, worth a remarkable 1,046 trillion betales a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is 45,571 betales, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 309,829 per year while the poor average 2,448, a ratio of 126 to 1.

The latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars, the government is avowedly atheist, and breastfeeding mothers are replacing smokers to loiter outside the workplace. Crime is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ponts de Laval's national animal is the deer, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Ponts de Laval is ranked 18,965th in the world and 1st in the Bahamas for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 7,048.45 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Pro-Market: 92ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,551stTop
Highest Crime Rates: 3,625thLargest Populations: 4,791stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,770thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,341stTop
Fattest Citizens: 16,002ndHighest Economic Output: 16,500thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18,164thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,944thLargest Retail Industry: 18,965thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,101st

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