by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 57thMost Ignorant Citizens: 106thMost Devout: 135th
The Kingdom of
Corporate Police State
Long live Sporda!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population8.86 billion

CapitalSporda City
Leaderthe King

CurrencySpordan Dollar

The Kingdom of Sporda is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by the King with an iron fist, and remarkable for its triple-decker prams, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.86 billion Spordans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Spirituality and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sporda City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 26.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Spordan economy, worth a remarkable 2,900 trillion Spordan Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 327,389 Spordan Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,440,942 per year while the poor average 46,692, a ratio of 30.9 to 1.

Tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants, exports of live cows arrive pre-roasted, the only crimes that get investigated are doughnut heists, and the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Sporda" on tails. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sporda's national animal is the Griffon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Sporda is ranked 255,044th in the world and 8,841st in the Pacific for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 6.92 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Most Primitive: 57thMost Ignorant Citizens: 106thMost Devout: 135thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 244thFattest Citizens: 339thMost Armed: 355thMost Avoided: 361stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 395thLargest Mining Sector: 440thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 445thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 460thHighest Crime Rates: 505thMost Corrupt Governments: 514thLargest Agricultural Sector: 603rdLargest Gambling Industry: 612thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 737thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 824thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 978thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,057thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,069thLargest Retail Industry: 1,224thMost Patriotic: 1,509thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,643rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,708thRudest Citizens: 1,895thMost Efficient Economies: 2,246thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,746thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,041stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,089thHighest Economic Output: 5,582ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,835thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,527thLargest Governments: 6,782ndMost Subsidized Industry: 8,522ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,743rdMost Cultured: 11,387thTop
Most Stationary: 13,897thMost Influential: 16,409thMost Conservative: 24,981stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 25,097th
Most Primitive: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 29th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 46th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 48th in the regionRudest Citizens: 48th in the regionMost Patriotic: 55th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 60th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 80th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 125th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 132nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 158th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 159th in the regionLargest Governments: 179th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 190th in the regionMost Stationary: 195th in the regionMost Cultured: 266th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 270th in the regionLargest Populations: 289th in the regionMost Influential: 298th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 382nd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 878th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Sporda" on tails.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, the only crimes that get investigated are doughnut heists.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, exports of live cows arrive pre-roasted.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants.
  • : Sporda was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, oddly simian-looking religious thugs beat up anyone who suggests humans are related to monkeys.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, urbanites battle to the death for penthouse apartments.
  • : Following new legislation in Sporda, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.


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