by Max Barry

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Largest Publishing Industry: 924thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 952ndHighest Economic Output: 1,221st
The Incorporated States of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
For freedom to truly exist, it must embrace all.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population37.5 billion

LeaderPresident Grant Haffner


The Incorporated States of Sarzonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Grant Haffner with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful population of 37.5 billion Sarzonians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The relatively small, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Policy, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Woodstock. The average income tax rate is 11.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sarzonian economy, worth a remarkable 7,370 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 196,540 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military funding has been stripped back, voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary, strategic bombers are being converted into preschools, and the internet has been placed under government control. Crime is totally unknown. Sarzonia's national animal is the tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sarzonia is ranked 6,193rd in the world and 9th in Atlantian Oceania for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 6,490.05 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Publishing Industry: 924thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 952ndHighest Economic Output: 1,221stLargest Populations: 1,223rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,137thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,171stTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 3,374thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,467thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,622ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,657thMost Inclusive: 4,124thNicest Citizens: 4,182ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,421stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,432ndSmartest Citizens: 4,530thMost Developed: 5,084thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,142ndHighest Food Quality: 5,528thBest Weather: 5,614thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,638thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,193rdMost Influential: 7,164thSafest: 7,228thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,545thHealthiest Citizens: 7,651stHighest Average Incomes: 7,753rdMost Stationary: 8,560thMost Cultured: 8,686thMost Pacifist: 8,847thMost Secular: 9,296thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,402ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,537thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,568thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 13,823rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,892ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,272ndMost Rebellious Youth: 17,079thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,113thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,831stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,874thMost Income Equality: 24,085thLargest Governments: 25,154th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionSafest: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionMost Stationary: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionMost Income Equality: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, the internet has been placed under government control.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, strategic bombers are being converted into preschools.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, military funding has been stripped back.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, concert halls sport signs proclaiming "No Shorts, Sandals or Swastikas".
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, large sections of Sarzonia have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, recreational drug businesses are regularly pruned if they grow above the maximum legal size.