by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 988thMost Influential: 1,650thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,326th
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Population19.162 billion

CapitalNotlock City
LeaderEdmund Muskie

AnimalPeregrine Falcon

The Rational Republic of Sanden is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Edmund Muskie with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.162 billion Sandenians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Notlock City. The average income tax rate is 83.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Sandenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,376 trillion Shards a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 71,833 Shards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news, loans are available for students from poor families, and all streets are privately owned toll roads. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sanden's national animal is the Peregrine Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Rationalism.

Sanden is ranked 17,391st in the world and 435th in the South Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring 2 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 988thMost Influential: 1,650thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,326thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,827thMost Stationary: 3,185thSafest: 4,262ndBest Weather: 4,652ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,102ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,292ndMost Beautiful Environments: 6,879thNicest Citizens: 9,494thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,147thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,221stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,006thMost Cultured: 12,146thMost Pacifist: 12,267thLargest Populations: 12,317thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,224thHealthiest Citizens: 13,338thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,557thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,680thHighest Economic Output: 14,812thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,536thHighest Food Quality: 16,707thSmartest Citizens: 17,370thMost Rebellious Youth: 17,391stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,820thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,248thMost Developed: 20,418thLowest Crime Rates: 21,445thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,060thMost Valuable International Artwork: 24,999th
Most Stationary: 77th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 78th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 84th in the regionTop
Safest: 126th in the regionLargest Populations: 133rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 147th in the regionBest Weather: 147th in the regionMost Influential: 149th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 180th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 181st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 219th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 271st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 275th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 288th in the regionNicest Citizens: 327th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 331st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 353rd in the regionMost Cultured: 375th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 376th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 426th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 427th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 435th in the regionMost Pacifist: 488th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 494th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 494th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 530th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 540th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 549th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 576th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 586th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 603rd in the regionMost Developed: 604th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 687th in the regionLargest Governments: 768th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 871st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 912th in the region

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