by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 514th Best Weather: 638th Largest Populations: 1,016th
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The Free Advertising Space of Ruritania is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Admiral Memo with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, smutty television, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 28.755 billion Ruritanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Strelsau. The average income tax rate is 8.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ruritanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,804 trillion sovereigns a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 62,752 sovereigns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Annual Formula One races bring the capital to a screeching halt, the Ruritanian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm, and prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Ruritania's national animal is the ferret, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Ruritania is ranked 168,171st in the world and 4th in Runners Region for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -40.5 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 514thBest Weather: 638thLargest Populations: 1,016thMost Devout: 1,322ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,352ndTop
Healthiest Citizens: 1,865thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,727thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,751stHighest Economic Output: 5,183rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,910thMost Developed: 7,039thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,708thNicest Citizens: 7,746thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,564thMost Cultured: 9,351stLowest Crime Rates: 14,248thMost Pacifist: 15,993rd

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