by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,428th Most Authoritarian: 14,926th
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The Bound Realm

Population56 million

AnimalFire Dragon

The Republic of The Bound Realm is a large, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 56 million Bound Realmians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, with Education, Defense, and Healthcare also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 65.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Bound Realmian economy, worth 2.07 trillion Novas 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 black market in Trout Farming, Furniture Restoration, Cheese Exports, and Information Technology. 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 36,959 Novas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Harry Potter books are banned, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public, and Leader's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Bound Realm's national animal is the Fire Dragon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Bound Realm is ranked 88,035th in the world and 1st in Atlas Puppets for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 591.23 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,428thMost Authoritarian: 14,926th

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