by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 636th Largest Agricultural Sector: 692nd Largest Information Technology Sector: 703rd
The United States of
Left-Leaning College State
Freedom lies in being bold
President Ashton Mercer
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The United States of Thalasus is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by President Ashton Mercer with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 6.613 billion Thalasians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Farbanti. The average income tax rate is 32.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Thalasi economy, worth a remarkable 1,998 trillion riels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 302,265 riels, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, the richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms, and the state funds the recreational drug habits of every citizen. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Thalasus's national animal is the Jacinto Dolphin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is futbol.

Thalasus is ranked 636th in the world and 2nd in Wintreath for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 52,344.17 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 636thLargest Agricultural Sector: 692ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 703rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 779thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 891stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,009thMost Armed: 1,091stRudest Citizens: 1,095thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,187thHighest Average Incomes: 1,188thLargest Black Market: 1,532ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,594thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,617thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 1,742ndFattest Citizens: 2,128thMost Cultured: 2,794thHighest Drug Use: 3,234thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,410thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,551stMost Inclusive: 3,616thSmartest Citizens: 3,803rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,315thHighest Economic Output: 4,536thMost Secular: 4,620thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,783rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,935thLargest Governments: 5,433rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,640thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,062ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,242ndMost Developed: 7,681stTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 9,106thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,414thMost Avoided: 9,940thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,954thNudest: 12,617thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,892ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,952nd
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 17th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionMost Avoided: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the region

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