by Max Barry

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The Drinarius Empire of
Moralistic Democracy
The owl's sharp cry echoes over this domain
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The Desert Sands

Population1.983 billion


The Drinarius Empire of The Desert Sands is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its suspicion of poets. The hard-working population of 1.983 billion Desert Sandsians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 18.4%.

The Desert Sandsian economy, worth 108 trillion baht a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 54,613 baht, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Organ donation is compulsory, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, the nation is known abroad for fast food and nothing else, and the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame. Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Desert Sands's national animal is the Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Desert Sands is ranked 142,474th in the world and 6,098th in Osiris for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -5.66 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Stationary: 561st in the regionMost Influential: 594th in the region

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