by Max Barry

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Nudest: 1,257thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,683rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,899th
The Principality of
Father Knows Best State
Faith carries us, faith protects us
Angela McAdams
Eminence Grise
Diplomacy Officer
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population8.94 billion

LeaderAngela McAdams


The Principality of Saltbridge is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Angela McAdams with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, infamous sell-swords, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.94 billion Saltians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 79.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Saltbridgean economy, worth 710 trillion Salterlings a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Furniture Restoration, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 79,528 Salterlings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government seizes all major gold finds, the military has declared that 'a woman's place is in the mess hall', the hills are alive with the sound of ringtones, and legal contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saltbridge's national animal is the Warewolf, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Saltbridge is ranked 246,878th in the world and 12th in Zecrarth for Most Primitive, scoring -96.71 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Nudest: 1,257thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 4,683rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,899thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,326thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,535thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 15,761stHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,558thMost Secular: 18,161stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,228thMost Cultured: 18,394thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,478thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,851stMost Subsidized Industry: 25,753rd
Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the region

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