by Max Barry

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Most Authoritarian: 11,133rd Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,742nd
The Democratic States of
Corrupt Dictatorship
The third position
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population626 million



The Democratic States of Strykyr is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, cynical population of 626 million Strykyrians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stalingrad. The average income tax rate is 71.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Strykyrian economy, worth 18.9 trillion Rials 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 30,265 Rials, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions, it's rare to find an unchewed pencil, Maxtopian villagers starve by the time Strykyrian officials even file the appropriate paperwork needed to help them, and only adults may purchase violent video games. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Strykyr's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Strykyr is ranked 151,002nd in the world and 78th in The Democratika for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 8,625.56 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Authoritarian: 11,133rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,742nd
Most Authoritarian: 4th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the region

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