by Max Barry

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Most Inclusive: 1,197thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,261stNicest Citizens: 1,270th
The Commonwealth of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Liberum in pace
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.244 billion

LeaderLuke Carlton
FaithRoman Catholicism


The Commonwealth of Reftaria is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Luke Carlton with an even hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, lack of airports, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 6.244 billion Reftarians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The relatively small government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Administration are also considered important, while Defense is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jacobs. The average income tax rate is 39.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Reftarian economy, worth 923 trillion reftens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 147,835 reftens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

East Lebatuckese luxury goods are plundered by the working class of Reftaria, flu research is commonly shut down for fear of creating a superbug, bouncers at the door of the sweet shop warn five-year-olds not to cause trouble, and Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Jacobs to enjoy their national art. Crime is totally unknown. Reftaria's national animal is the osprey, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Reftaria is ranked 116,657th in the world and 5,420th in The East Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 16.4 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Inclusive: 1,197thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,261stNicest Citizens: 1,270thMost Pacifist: 1,301stMost Devout: 1,349thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,397thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,792ndBest Weather: 1,924thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,445thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,663rdMost Cultured: 2,843rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,051stMost Influential: 3,701stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,117thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,758thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,944thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,742ndLargest Retail Industry: 8,020thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,332ndSmartest Citizens: 8,418thTop
Safest: 12,043rdHighest Average Incomes: 13,945thMost Developed: 14,680thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,765thHealthiest Citizens: 16,200thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,240thHighest Drug Use: 16,241stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,375thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,985thHighest Economic Output: 18,240thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,923rdLargest Welfare Programs: 19,641st
Most Devout: 29th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 37th in the regionNicest Citizens: 37th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 38th in the regionMost Pacifist: 44th in the regionMost Inclusive: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 46th in the regionBest Weather: 58th in the regionMost Cultured: 67th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 70th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 95th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 162nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 205th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 220th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 221st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 222nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 226th in the regionMost Influential: 245th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 267th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 268th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 297th in the regionLargest Populations: 338th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 361st in the regionSafest: 394th in the regionMost Stationary: 398th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 400th in the regionMost Developed: 405th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 462nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 464th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 490th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 501st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 566th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 603rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 669th in the regionLargest Governments: 680th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 705th in the region

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