by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 837th Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,335th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,045th
The Free Land of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Eat more cheese, it's delicious 😋
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population815 million

CapitalAlphen aan den Schijt


The Free Land of Strontland is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Hendrick with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 815 million Strontlandians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alphen aan den Schijt. The average income tax rate is 87.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Strontlandian economy, worth 126 trillion Tarrels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 154,771 Tarrels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Beat cops are named for the beatings they deliver, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, programmes of questionable content are shown at peak-hours, and male celebrity chefs are laughed at for their lack of manliness. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Strontland's national animal is the Aarsmade, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Strontland is ranked 165,952nd in the world and 7,479th in the South Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 31.25 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Secular: 837thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,335thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,045thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,352ndMost Authoritarian: 3,548thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,898thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,490thNudest: 4,742ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,479thLowest Crime Rates: 6,116thMost Influential: 6,636thMost Extreme: 8,023rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,335thTop
Largest Black Market: 9,028thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,208thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,221stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,228thMost Conservative: 10,369thLargest Governments: 10,470thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,833rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,957thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,126thHighest Average Incomes: 11,850thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,356thMost Income Equality: 12,911thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,198thLargest Mining Sector: 14,502nd
Most Secular: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 51st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 70th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 71st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 73rd in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 110th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 114th in the regionLargest Black Market: 126th in the regionNudest: 154th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 161st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 184th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 187th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 224th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 228th in the regionLargest Governments: 256th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 260th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 265th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 284th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 293rd in the regionMost Extreme: 295th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 313th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 324th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 417th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 419th in the regionMost Conservative: 527th in the regionMost Influential: 530th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 625th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 639th in the regionMost Income Equality: 668th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 684th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 702nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 710th in the regionMost Developed: 723rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Strontland's influence in The South Pacific rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, male celebrity chefs are laughed at for their lack of manliness.
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, programmes of questionable content are shown at peak-hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Strontland's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, beat cops are named for the beatings they deliver.
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, the working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes.
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, the government is suspected of mass disappearing dissidents both at home and abroad.
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, a light facial coating of soot is seen as the mark of an honest and hardworking man.
  • : Following new legislation in Strontland, there's a bustling black market for vegetables.


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