by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 2,600thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,730thMost Influential: 3,317th
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Salty Burs

Population2.223 billion



The Kingdom of Salty Burs is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.223 billion Salty Bursians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Balaho. The average income tax rate is 85.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Salty Bursian economy, worth 236 trillion Burs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 106,467 Burs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Too many developers spoil the codebase, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage, and any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Salty Burs's national animal is the bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Salty Burs is ranked 239,920th in the world and 7,797th in the South Pacific for Most Armed, with 0.14 Weapons Per Person.

Most Secular: 2,600thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,730thMost Influential: 3,317thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,732ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,961stMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,982ndMost Beautiful Environments: 10,132ndBest Weather: 10,496thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,456thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,547thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,782ndMost Inclusive: 11,899thMost Developed: 12,240thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,415thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,931stMost Pacifist: 14,126thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,391stMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,432ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,458thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,928thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,962ndSmartest Citizens: 16,742ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,857thHealthiest Citizens: 17,004thNicest Citizens: 17,063rdLargest Governments: 17,136thLowest Crime Rates: 18,464thMost Cultured: 19,001stMost Income Equality: 19,407thMost Compassionate Citizens: 20,996thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,070thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,153rdSafest: 22,312thLargest Welfare Programs: 23,416thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,472nd
Most Secular: 90th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 232nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 287th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 330th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 338th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 339th in the regionBest Weather: 348th in the regionMost Developed: 359th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 361st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 395th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 430th in the regionMost Influential: 430th in the regionMost Inclusive: 431st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 435th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 444th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 448th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 455th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 482nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 485th in the regionLargest Governments: 486th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 503rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 512th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 519th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 524th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 530th in the regionMost Cultured: 533rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 571st in the regionNicest Citizens: 606th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 667th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 672nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 694th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 748th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 749th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 778th in the regionSafest: 783rd in the region

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