by Max Barry

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Most Conservative: 13,292ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 14,949thMost Authoritarian: 15,230th
The Rogue Nation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Desperate And Uncanny
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population1.556 billion

CurrencyDesa Dollar
AnimalHedgehog Desparagon

The Rogue Nation of StateOfDespair is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, irreverence towards religion, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.556 billion StateOfDespairians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 44.9%.

The StateOfDespairian economy, worth 72.0 trillion Desa Dollars a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 46,300 Desa Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

A National Academy regulates grammar and usage, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations, and NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. StateOfDespair's national animal is the Hedgehog Desparagon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

StateOfDespair is ranked 37,659th in the world and 7th in Lily for Most Secular, with 33.88 Atheism Rate.

Most Conservative: 13,292ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 14,949thMost Authoritarian: 15,230th
Most Authoritarian: 3rd in the region

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