by Max Barry

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Most Efficient Economies: 1,781stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,979thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,915th
The Southern Kingdom of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
For Crown And Country!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population8.565 billion

LeaderEmperor Francis II


The Southern Kingdom of Taralania is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Francis II with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, otherworldly petting zoo, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.565 billion Taralanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarania. The average income tax rate is 87.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Taralanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,693 trillion Taras a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 197,717 Taras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Third world countries are rich in "I Love Tarania" t-shirts, EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority"), and the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Taralania's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Taralania is ranked 63,901st in the world and 128th in Thaecia for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,099.61 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 1,781stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,979thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,915thLargest Retail Industry: 3,592ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3,652ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,702ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,436thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,062ndRudest Citizens: 5,209thLargest Governments: 5,912thMost Developed: 6,289thHighest Average Incomes: 6,452ndMost Inclusive: 6,589thSmartest Citizens: 6,665thMost Influential: 7,919thMost Cultured: 7,985thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,158thHighest Economic Output: 9,226thLowest Crime Rates: 9,226thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,472ndLongest Average Lifespans: 9,989thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,402ndMost Devout: 10,501stLargest Publishing Industry: 10,903rdMost Advanced Public Education: 11,178thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,062ndMost Corrupt Governments: 13,161stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,674thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,991stHighest Drug Use: 16,909thHealthiest Citizens: 19,678thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,850thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,591st
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 16th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 29th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30th in the regionLargest Black Market: 33rd in the region

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