by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 818th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,564th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,423rd
The Allied States of
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Political Freedom

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Population7.819 billion

CapitalSafety Helmet
LeaderThe Bus Driver


The Allied States of ShortBusCrashed is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Bus Driver with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.819 billion ShortBusCrashedians 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 tiny government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Safety Helmet. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.8%.

The frighteningly efficient ShortBusCrashedian economy, worth a remarkable 1,149 trillion Lunchboxes 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 Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 146,983 Lunchboxes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 455,239 per year while the poor average 36,562, a ratio of 12.5 to 1.

The military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, government officials raid public buildings to remove all mention of G*d or r******n, museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin, and politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return. Crime is totally unknown. ShortBusCrashed's national animal is the Furby, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

ShortBusCrashed is ranked 18,861st in the world and 946th in The North Pacific for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring 5,167.7 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

Most Influential: 818thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,564thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,423rdLargest Retail Industry: 3,094thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,630thRudest Citizens: 5,145thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,512thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,660thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,652ndFattest Citizens: 7,834thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,626thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,941stLargest Mining Sector: 9,705thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,880thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,720thMost Avoided: 10,769thHighest Economic Output: 10,804thMost Armed: 12,470thHighest Average Incomes: 13,272ndSmartest Citizens: 15,321stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15,464th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 67th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 148th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 159th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 245th in the regionMost Influential: 281st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 285th in the regionRudest Citizens: 287th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 290th in the regionFattest Citizens: 304th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 318th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 342nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 356th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 367th in the regionMost Avoided: 386th in the regionMost Armed: 411th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 436th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 496th in the regionLargest Black Market: 511th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 583rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 623rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 627th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 690th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 767th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 811th in the regionMost Cultured: 859th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 913th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 946th in the region

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