by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 118thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 152ndHighest Crime Rates: 226th
The Grain of
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Population19.207 billion


CurrencyGrain of Sand

The Grain of Sand is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its daily referendums, complete lack of prisons, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.207 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 4,492 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 240,944th in the world and 1,208th in 10000 Islands for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring -37.68 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 118thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 152ndHighest Crime Rates: 226thMost Armed: 302ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 426thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 446thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 506thMost Avoided: 719thFattest Citizens: 726thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 754thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 811thLargest Gambling Industry: 920thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,005thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,011thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,156thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,181stTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,433rdRudest Citizens: 2,440thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,328thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,374thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,803rdLargest Mining Sector: 3,996thHighest Average Incomes: 4,210thLargest Retail Industry: 5,382ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,535thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,605thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,664thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,955thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,031stLargest Populations: 8,099thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,293rdNudest: 11,198thTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,643rdMost Corrupt Governments: 14,570thHighest Drug Use: 15,429thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,879thMost Pro-Market: 15,887thLargest Black Market: 16,541st
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 22nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 24th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 28th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 34th in the regionRudest Citizens: 38th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 43rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 45th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 58th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 63rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 68th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 72nd in the regionNudest: 73rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 77th in the regionMost Extreme: 77th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 78th in the regionLargest Populations: 80th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 89th in the regionLargest Black Market: 105th in the region

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