by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 132ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 151stHighest Crime Rates: 205th
The Grain of
Civil Rights
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Population17.191 billion


CurrencyGrain of Sand

The Grain of Sand is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 17.191 billion Sandians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of SiO2. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Sandian economy, worth a remarkable 4,021 trillion Grains of Sand a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Pizza Delivery, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 233,918 Grains of Sand, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,175,004 per year while the poor average 2,308, a ratio of 942 to 1.

The Great Pyramid of SiO2 can be seen from miles away, not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric, bars are packed at all hours, and children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Sand's national animal is the Camel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Sand is ranked 166,258th in the world and 1,214th in 10000 Islands for Most Ignorant Citizens, with 0.94 Missed References Per Hour.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 132ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 151stHighest Crime Rates: 205thMost Armed: 276thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 454thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 494thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 500thMost Avoided: 697thFattest Citizens: 711thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 772ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 787thLargest Gambling Industry: 934thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,018thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,039thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,087thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,231stTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,049thHighest Economic Output: 2,421stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,133rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,208thLargest Mining Sector: 3,220thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,486thHighest Average Incomes: 4,132ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,540thMost Efficient Economies: 4,835thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,298thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,118thHighest Drug Use: 7,302ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,558thMost Pro-Market: 7,617thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,930thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,938thLargest Populations: 8,378thNudest: 8,421stTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 11,985thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,399thLargest Black Market: 12,618thSmartest Citizens: 12,774thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,728th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 14th in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 21st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 29th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 32nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 35th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 39th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 50th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 54th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 55th in the regionNudest: 63rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 67th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 67th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 68th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 77th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 83rd in the regionLargest Populations: 88th in the regionLargest Black Market: 96th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 98th in the regionMost Extreme: 102nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 108th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 121st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 123rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 130th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Sand's influence in 10000 Islands rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Sand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Sand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Sand was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, the Top 5% for Largest Cheese Export Sector, and the Top 10% for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Sand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead and the Top 10% for Most Zombified.
  • : Sand was struck by a Mk III (Purifier) Cure Missile from The Evil Petting Zoo of Deadcatistan, curing 427 million infected.
  • : Sand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Survivors.
  • : Sand's influence in 10000 Islands rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Sand altered its national flag.