by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 249th Most Influential: 560th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,179th
The Allied States of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Allied States of ShortBusCrashed is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Bus Driver with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.293 billion ShortBusCrashedians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order 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 1.6%.

The powerhouse ShortBusCrashedian economy, worth 730 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 Gambling. Average income is an impressive 137,999 Lunchboxes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 523,562 per year while the poor average 25,250, a ratio of 20.7 to 1.

The nation turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in its quest for athletic supremacy, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?", the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property, and barbed wire entanglements and guard towers surround the Safety Helmet Natural History Museum. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. ShortBusCrashed's national animal is the Furby, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

ShortBusCrashed is ranked 7,606th in the world and 235th in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 8,774.51 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 249thMost Influential: 560thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,179thLargest Retail Industry: 3,862ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,006thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,707thMost Avoided: 6,043rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,200thLargest Mining Sector: 7,606thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,893rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,359thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,480thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,493rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,436thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,820thMost Stationary: 11,228thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,154thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,353rdHighest Average Incomes: 13,983rdMost Armed: 14,862ndHighest Economic Output: 14,940thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,018th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 69th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 169th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 176th in the regionMost Avoided: 190th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 192nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 197th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 221st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 235th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 252nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 254th in the regionMost Stationary: 261st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 265th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 295th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 296th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 361st in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 441st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 450th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 463rd in the regionMost Armed: 504th in the regionLargest Black Market: 513th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 518th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 530th in the regionLargest Populations: 532nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 594th in the regionRudest Citizens: 609th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 663rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 721st in the region

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Endorsements Received: 172 » Selfgradatude, Yaorozu, Former English Colony, Sadakoyama, Malvad, Novare Res, Kingdom of Space, Francovania, Saint Tomaston, Whereisthatistan, Bothia, New Sekai, SirHardHead, Great and Glorious Martese Unionins, Chinstralia, Jefffliu, Venezuelia, Virdalonja, South Isles, HMS Unicorn, Fengate, Wyoma, Q w e r t y, Apetopia, Notyoutopia, The Rossinite Empire, Syrixia, Daedric Stellar Empire, Ceretis, Esplandia, Lionia, The Swedish Republic of New Kenya, Guslantis, Tokaryk, Sunto, Barbarossistanian South Brasilistan, Frances Francis the First of France, Celreostia, Anarchy Sites, The Isle of Grossmania, Druadach, Bharathvarsh, Kelvaros Prime, Pasargad, Elevation, Highton Islands, Hannepandia, Meritdom, Xentherida, Elspeth and Samina, and 122 others.Unimaginable Doom, Yatzatz, Republic of Dixie, Choistan, Yeraennus, Zyvetskistaahn, Soverenia, Vegetarian States, Sil Dorsett, Shadowrik, Godly City, Great Bights Mum, Wisconsota, The Lugansk Republic, Avalon, New Lakemba, Holy Oranz, Sankami, American MapleStory, Gorinchem and Hoog-Hoornaar, Vantaria, French Bananastan, Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, Wineclaw, SchoolHouse Rock, MDIland, Reannia, Run Mayst Republic, Sereeno, Morrn, Religioncord, Siwale, Empy, The Democratic Republic of Tomb, Arcadia of Kasterborous, Indereac Lanx, Mare Clausum, Malta Comino Gozo, Kujira, Upper Portlandia, West Magellis, Solestia, Merconitonitopia, Sandovara, Enosville, Sophista, Coemgen, OPArsenal, Helido, Alice Gardens, Ovsterland, Kaschovia, The Army Republic of Prussia, Panama Coalition, Lord Ravenclaw, Valdr, Vazali, Bayern-Straubing, Southern Stroraia, Empire of the Dark Lords of the Sith, Mercy Land, Lupus Imperium, Chukstik Illahi, Adkins Station, Omicron Persei V111, New Chilokver, Ubervania, Heritage Quay, Pallaith, Tharissus, Cloydicia, Colony of lasting Hopes, Rukonia, PlanetPunk, Gnate, Vszeklina, Kwaj, Fabianbourg, Aezus, The Teddy, Puczovska, Moristia, General COE, Aragael, Friently, South Grand Mountain, Hong Kong Empire, Lavanania, Shin-Hachioji, Faxfleet, Kobagia, ZimRobwe, Cleoskye, Zedeya, Victoriaans Nederlands, Nakyr, Diodone, Blurds, Lamexanope, WE Empire, Kizja, Anima Proxa, Freyford, Sanjurika, Empire of Langdon, Paxiosolange, Rylam, Forunte, McMasterdonia, Yukti, ABC, Plembobria, Marsh Castle, Southern Dracs, Ostrinios, Zemnaya Svoboda, Ainsworth, Pleroma Sans Romans, Sheppey, Yaris, Senatra, and The The Bierands.

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