by Max Barry

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Rudest Citizens: 36thHighest Crime Rates: 102ndHighest Drug Use: 113th
The Vermin Guild of
Strays I find in it, wounds I bind in it.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.021 billion


Currencyfilthy lucre
AnimalField Vole

The Vermin Guild of Ratfink is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Rattenkönig with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, public floggings, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 10.021 billion Vermin live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rattestag. Income tax is unheard of.

The thriving Verminous economy, worth a remarkable 2,617 trillion filthy lucres a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 261,242 filthy lucres, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,414,202 per year while the poor average 2,769, a ratio of 871 to 1.

When you fly on Air Ratfink you win a seat or you die, survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, and the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ratfink's national animal is the Field Vole, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Amberat.

Ratfink is ranked 285,352nd in the world and 80th in The Bar on the corner of every region for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring -16.73 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Rudest Citizens: 36thHighest Crime Rates: 102ndHighest Drug Use: 113thMost Armed: 128thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 146thLargest Gambling Industry: 168thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 196thMost Avoided: 218thFattest Citizens: 245thLargest Retail Industry: 258thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 277thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 369thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 409thMost Rebellious Youth: 798thHighest Disposable Incomes: 915thMost Pro-Market: 1,541stMost Politically Free: 1,776thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,093rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,648thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,653rdTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,047thHighest Average Incomes: 4,069thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,498thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,715thMost Cultured: 4,752ndLargest Mining Sector: 4,780thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,190thHighest Economic Output: 8,094thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,963rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,217thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,887thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,055thTop
Nudest: 16,375thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,018thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,876thMost Influential: 23,388thMost Inclusive: 24,140thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,338thMost Extreme: 28,341st
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the region

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