by Max Barry

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Largest Insurance Industry: 12,290thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,182ndLargest Populations: 16,722nd
The Poets of
Father Knows Best State
There is a time for many words
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population13.813 billion


CurrencyTanka Dollar
AnimalPoetic Songbird

The Poets of Tanka is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Homer with an iron fist, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 13.813 billion Tankans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Haiku. The average income tax rate is 52.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Tankan economy, worth 763 trillion Tanka Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Furniture Restoration, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 55,277 Tanka Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, cold medicines curiously become cheaper when government officials sneeze, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Haiku, and old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tanka's national animal is the Poetic Songbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Poetry.

Tanka is ranked 13,182nd in the world and 2nd in The Burning Legion for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,540.07 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 12,290thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,182ndLargest Populations: 16,722ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,281stLargest Black Market: 17,600thMost Ignorant Citizens: 19,045thHighest Economic Output: 22,527th

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