by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 9,627thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,734thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,033rd
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Starving Artist

Population2.995 billion


The Aesthetic Bohemian of Starving Artist is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The democratic, devout population of 2.995 billion Starving Artistians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Spirituality, and Education. The average income tax rate is 59.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Starving Artistian economy, worth 49.3 trillion Paintbrushes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 16,462 Paintbrushes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Starving Artist's national animal is the Canvas, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Starving Artist is ranked 20,709th in the world and 1st in Art for Most Extreme, scoring 39.27 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Income Equality: 9,627thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 15,734thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,033rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 19,158thMost Extreme: 20,709thMost Politically Free: 22,600thHighest Drug Use: 23,091st

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