by Max Barry

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,334th Least Corrupt Governments: 8,459th Largest Publishing Industry: 10,520th
The Commonwealth of
Left-Leaning College State
The High Hills for a Refuge
Civil Rights
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Population219 million


The Commonwealth of Shurdington is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, devout population of 219 million Shurdingtonians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, liberal government prioritizes Education, with Spirituality, Administration, and Environment also on the agenda, while International Aid and Defense receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 24.5%.

The thriving Shurdingtonian economy, worth 11.6 trillion guilders a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 52,866 guilders, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

The nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, tuba players are paid to quietly whisper into their instruments, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, and glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Shurdington's national animal is the sheep, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shurdington is ranked 38,447th in the world and 1st in The Union of Independent States for Most Developed, scoring 61.8 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,334thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 8,459thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,520thMost Primitive: 13,499thMost Cultured: 15,162nd

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