by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 1,580thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,618thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,875th
The People's Ascendency of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Unity, Utility, Safety, Stability
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Svarte Tarnet

Population6.727 billion

CapitalHaute Colline
LeaderSuperintendent Karenina Keiserinne

Animalpine marten

The People's Ascendency of Svarte Tarnet is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Superintendent Karenina Keiserinne with an iron fist, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, strictly enforced bedtime, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 6.727 billion Tarts 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Haute Colline. The average income tax rate is 91.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Tartian economy, worth 514 trillion soieries a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is 76,548 soieries, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches, businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections, childhood friends of Superintendent Karenina Keiserinne are living it large abroad at the taxpayers' expense, and the men in trenchcoats hanging around playgrounds are actually police officers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Svarte Tarnet's national animal is the pine marten, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Svarte Tarnet is ranked 7,853rd in the world and 122nd in Europe for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 12,195.47 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Influential: 1,580thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,618thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,875thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,737thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,853rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,198thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,008thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,749thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,088thMost Secular: 11,898thMost Cultured: 13,290thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,062ndBest Weather: 15,125thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,407thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,262ndHighest Food Quality: 17,798thSafest: 17,957thLargest Governments: 18,487thLowest Crime Rates: 19,188thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,806thMost Pacifist: 19,879thSmartest Citizens: 21,005thMost Patriotic: 21,477thMost Inclusive: 22,689thMost Rebellious Youth: 22,775thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24,972ndLargest Welfare Programs: 27,314th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 85th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 119th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 120th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 122nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 125th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 125th in the region

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