by Max Barry

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School Class Nation
Largest Information Technology Sector: 703rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,297thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,628th
The Marital Community of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Pecunia, caritatem, et pacem
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Bowtie Consensus

Population8.788 billion

Leaderthe Consuls Benigni
FaithAltar of Roddenberry


The Marital Community of The Bowtie Consensus is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Consuls Benigni with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, soft-spoken computers, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.788 billion sci fi nerds love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Industry, and Administration are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atlanta. The average income tax rate is 77.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bowtie Consensusian economy, worth a remarkable 1,467 trillion francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 167,015 francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Group hugs break out during floor votes, women give birth underneath so many blankets that the doctor can't feel the bump, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead", and people can often be seen driving to work in war-surplus tanks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Bowtie Consensus's national animal is the elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Altar of Roddenberry.

The Bowtie Consensus is ranked 10,629th in the world and 1st in Benigtopia for Lowest Crime Rates, with 93.52 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 703rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,297thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,628thNicest Citizens: 1,669thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,127thMost Cultured: 2,367thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,455thMost Pacifist: 2,498thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,527thMost Developed: 3,143rdSmartest Citizens: 3,155thMost Inclusive: 4,591stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,780thMost Influential: 4,823rdMost Beautiful Environments: 5,909thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,342ndMost Advanced Public Education: 6,866thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,116thHealthiest Citizens: 7,402ndSafest: 7,506thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,746thMost Devout: 9,026thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,410thLowest Crime Rates: 10,629thHighest Average Incomes: 11,008thMost Efficient Economies: 11,675thHighest Economic Output: 12,167thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,327thMost Stationary: 12,802ndLargest Governments: 13,961stHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,804thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,276thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,310th
Most Cultured: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the region

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