by Max Barry

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Highest Drug Use: 8,557th Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,681st Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,908th
The Frost of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population2.812 billion

CapitalMerkurë Asor

AnimalHorned Owl

The Frost of Skullkiss is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lucy with an even hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 2.812 billion Skullynans 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Welfare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Merkurë Asor. The average income tax rate is 48.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Skullynan economy, worth 136 trillion βetas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 48,633 βetas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Lucy has just been declared ruler of Skullkiss in an international press conference, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, clergy do their best to cover up their old tattoos, and major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Skullkiss's national animal is the Horned Owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Skullkiss is ranked 123,580th in the world and 10th in LGBT University for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -2.65 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Drug Use: 8,557thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,681stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,908thMost Devout: 15,056th
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the region

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