by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 1,392ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,614thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,565th
The Dominion of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Root is God
Influence
Auxiliary
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Root

Population16.924 billion

CapitalCodebase
LeaderGuru
FaithCodeGods

CurrencyEuro
AnimalPenguin

The Dominion of Root is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Guru with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, aversion to nipples, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.924 billion Rootians 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Codebase. The average income tax rate is 76.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Rootian economy, worth a remarkable 2,231 trillion Euros a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, Basket Weaving, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 131,847 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Research grant proposals read like political diatribes, the nation is under martial law, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, and the government's approval ratings go down while its turnover rate goes up. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Root's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is CodeGods.

Root is ranked 25,750th in the world and 10th in The Cuckoos Egg for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,016.6 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Black Market: 1,392ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,614thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,565thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,608thMost Primitive: 2,872ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,878thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,154thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,466thHighest Economic Output: 6,818thNudest: 7,044thMost Avoided: 8,119thLargest Mining Sector: 8,422ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,548thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,042ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,548thLargest Populations: 10,746thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,392ndMost Secular: 14,235thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,540thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,492ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,514thHighest Average Incomes: 19,099thLargest Governments: 20,565thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,773rdMost Influential: 21,700thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,307th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Root, the government's approval ratings go down while its turnover rate goes up.
  • : Following new legislation in Root, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Root, the nation is under martial law.
  • : Root was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Root, research grant proposals read like political diatribes.
  • : Following new legislation in Root, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Root, agriculture is heavily subsidized by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Root, museums occasionally burn priceless artifacts in order to intimidate foreign curators.
  • : Following new legislation in Root, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Root, five-year-olds chanting "Little Miss Muffet" are accused of bullying arachnophobes.

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