by Max Barry

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 13,313thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,083rdMost Authoritarian: 16,982nd
The Duchy of
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Population1.208 billion



The Duchy of Poson is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its infamous sell-swords, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 1.208 billion Posonites 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Krakow. The average income tax rate is 51.3%.

The strong Posonite economy, worth 71.0 trillion lire a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 58,733 lire, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Nerdy teenagers have to prove that they're made of the same stuff as their grandparents, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, and people regularly disappear off the streets and all evidence of them is destroyed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Poson's national animal is the unicorn, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Poson is ranked 77,285th in the world and 34th in First World Order for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 2,000.29 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 13,313thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,083rdMost Authoritarian: 16,982ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,944th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the region

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