by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 62nd Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 143rd Highest Economic Output: 182nd
The Free Republic of
Capitalist Paradise
Knowledge (and money) is power
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Rich Scholars

Population31.582 billion

CapitalRich Scholars City


The Free Republic of Rich Scholars is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, parental licensing program, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 31.582 billion Rich Scholarsians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Education and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rich Scholars City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Rich Scholarsian economy, worth an astonishing 11,727 trillion books a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 371,327 books, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,312,240 per year while the poor average 5,542, a ratio of 597 to 1.

Pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors. Crime is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Rich Scholars's national animal is the bookworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Rich Scholars is ranked 1,352nd in the world and 35th in Balder for Smartest Citizens, with 179.3 Quips Per Hour.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 62ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 143rdHighest Economic Output: 182ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 232ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 316thLargest Insurance Industry: 333rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 425thLargest Populations: 428thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 565thHighest Average Incomes: 608thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 624thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 627thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 717thMost Avoided: 799thLargest Mining Sector: 804thLargest Gambling Industry: 842ndRudest Citizens: 858thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,232ndSmartest Citizens: 1,352ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,379thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,466thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,690thMost Efficient Economies: 1,826thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,837thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,902ndMost Pro-Market: 1,995thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,616thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,797thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,847thLargest Retail Industry: 2,922ndHighest Crime Rates: 3,657thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,082ndLargest Black Market: 6,381stMost Stationary: 6,791stTop
Healthiest Citizens: 8,542ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,662ndMost Secular: 16,805th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 17th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 21st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 28th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 31st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 36th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 41st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 49th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 68th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 76th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 82nd in the regionMost Stationary: 86th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 100th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 120th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 134th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 182nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 190th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 321st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 366th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 493rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Rich Scholars's influence in Balder rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Rich Scholars's influence in Balder fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Rich Scholars's influence in Balder rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 5% for Most Dead and Most Zombified.
  • : Rich Scholars was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from Dystopian land, infecting 120 million survivors.