by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 97thMost Primitive: 196thMost Ignorant Citizens: 267th
The Conflict of Visions of
Free-Market Paradise
L'esprit est toujours la dupe du coeur
The Eye of Providence
Cruel and Unusual
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Marsupial Illuminati

Population15.571 billion

LeaderThe Eye of Providence


The Conflict of Visions of The Marsupial Illuminati is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Eye of Providence with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, absence of drug laws, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 15.571 billion Marsupials enjoy frequent elections, which are uniformly corrupted by big-spending corporations buying politicians who best suit their interests.

The enormous, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marsupium. The average income tax rate is 70.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Marsupial economy, worth a remarkable 1,577 trillion Pouches a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 101,340 Pouches, with the richest citizens earning 5.3 times as much as the poorest.

A commonwealth of equal nations recognises that The Marsupial Illuminati is a bit more equal than the others, the standard government reply to any query is "there is no spoon", many believe that the only good Marsupial is a dead Marsupial, and grazing lands are filled with cattle wearing odd-looking anti-pollution devices. Crime is pervasive. The Marsupial Illuminati's national animal is the Marsupial, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Pouchism.

The Marsupial Illuminati is ranked 208,365th in the world and 1st in Sodom and Gomorrah for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -2 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 97thMost Primitive: 196thMost Ignorant Citizens: 267thMost Devout: 360thRudest Citizens: 1,238thMost Avoided: 1,319thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,428thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,857thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,871stHighest Crime Rates: 2,153rdTop
Largest Black Market: 3,285thFattest Citizens: 3,616thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,864thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,049thNudest: 8,401stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,565thTop
Highest Economic Output: 15,233rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,337thMost Influential: 16,747thLargest Mining Sector: 17,125thMost Efficient Economies: 18,282ndMost Stationary: 18,865thLargest Populations: 23,140thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24,519thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28,395th

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