by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 1,808thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,818thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,017th
The Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Order and Liberty
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.025 billion

LeaderPresident Alejandro


The Republic of Santamar is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by President Alejandro with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, aversion to nipples, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.025 billion Santamarians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fortaleza. The average income tax rate is 42.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Santamarian economy, worth 415 trillion Royals a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 205,096 Royals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Vast amounts of energy are expended moving water to hilltop lakes, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Santamarian language, fitness to teach sport is proven by urinating the furthest up a wall, and there is no such thing as an innocent fling in the Santamarian military. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Santamar's national animal is the Condor, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Santamar is ranked 144,222nd in the world and 5,348th in The North Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.46 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Armed: 1,808thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,818thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,017thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,232ndTop
Most Avoided: 2,618thLargest Mining Sector: 3,186thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,018thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,492ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,367thHighest Average Incomes: 6,000thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,380thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,412thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,687thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,054thLargest Retail Industry: 7,997thMost Efficient Economies: 8,034thMost Secular: 8,095thLargest Black Market: 10,406thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,553rdTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,096thMost Developed: 13,131stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,606thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,443rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,627thLowest Crime Rates: 14,988thLargest Governments: 15,149thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,250thSmartest Citizens: 17,435thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,914th
Largest Insurance Industry: 49th in the regionMost Armed: 57th in the regionMost Avoided: 65th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 87th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 114th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 153rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 199th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 246th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 261st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 284th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 321st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 362nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 376th in the regionLargest Black Market: 403rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 421st in the regionMost Secular: 429th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 444th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 516th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 532nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 607th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 611th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 645th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 711th in the regionMost Developed: 757th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 758th in the regionLargest Governments: 760th in the regionFattest Citizens: 830th in the regionRudest Citizens: 905th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 906th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 925th in the region

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