by Max Barry

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Population9.161 billion



The People of Stoskavanya is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Socius with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 9.161 billion Stoskavanyans 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."

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lesrenadi. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Stoskavanyan economy, worth a remarkable 1,174 trillion Tributes a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, extremely specialized black market in Cheese Exports and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 128,173 Tributes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove', prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, and six-year-old children playing dress-up are viewed with suspicion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stoskavanya's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Stoskavanya is ranked 5,174th in the world and 305th in The North Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 92.3 Years.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 404thMost Advanced Public Transport: 650thLargest Welfare Programs: 700thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,248thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,523rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,975thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,410thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,804thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,409thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,463rdLargest Governments: 3,554thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,357thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,174thBest Weather: 5,377thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,470thMost Developed: 5,563rdMost Cultured: 6,729thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,809thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,848thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,427thLargest Black Market: 8,457thLowest Crime Rates: 8,902ndHealthiest Citizens: 9,423rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,888thTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,011thHighest Economic Output: 14,133rdMost Inclusive: 17,758thMost Influential: 19,281stHighest Average Incomes: 19,430thMost Efficient Economies: 19,941st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 61st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 63rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 98th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 106th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 122nd in the regionLargest Governments: 175th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 179th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 239th in the regionBest Weather: 298th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 303rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 305th in the regionLargest Black Market: 318th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 319th in the regionMost Cultured: 321st in the regionMost Developed: 330th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 355th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 370th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 434th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 439th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 511th in the regionLargest Populations: 513th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 518th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 691st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 901st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 932nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 988th in the region

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