by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 8,126th Least Corrupt Governments: 9,281st Largest Welfare Programs: 11,314th
The Grand Master of
Left-wing Utopia
Bright to those that seek, hidden to those that don't
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Cynosure Temple

Population10.733 billion

CapitalTemple City


The Grand Master of The Cynosure Temple is a gargantuan, genial nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, complete lack of prisons, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.733 billion Cynosurians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Temple City. The average income tax rate is 73.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Cynosurian economy, worth 456 trillion Elisions a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Trout Farming, and Information Technology. Average income is 42,488 Elisions, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Referenda can be called for any law at the request of at least one third of the voting population, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest growing field, televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events, and third party candidates are now gaining some representation in Parliament. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cynosure Temple's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Jedi.

The Cynosure Temple is ranked 137,892nd in the world and 5th in Cynosure for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 34.44 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Income Equality: 8,126thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 9,281stLargest Welfare Programs: 11,314thMost Influential: 11,774thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,958thNicest Citizens: 13,774thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,164thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,221stLargest Populations: 16,623rd
Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the region

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