by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 63rdMost Primitive: 193rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 244th
The Liddell-Scott Neurosis of
Tyranny by Majority
εἰ ὁ Θεός ῠ̔πέρ ἡμῶν, τίς καθ ἡμῶν;
The Eye of Providence
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The Marsupial Illuminati

Population9.419 billion

LeaderThe Eye of Providence


The Liddell-Scott Neurosis of The Marsupial Illuminati is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Eye of Providence with a fair hand, and renowned for its lack of airports, avowedly heterosexual populace, and compulsory vegetarianism. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 9.419 billion Marsupials enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marsupium. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Marsupial economy, worth 933 trillion Pouches a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 99,099 Pouches, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

Cholera is seen as the holiest of diseases, the nation is a world leader in martyrs per capita, the military is plagued with unethical researchers, and immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps. Crime is a major problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. The Marsupial Illuminati's national animal is the Marsupial, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pouchism.

The Marsupial Illuminati is ranked 172,440th in the world and 1st in Sodom and Gomorrah for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring -2.05 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 63rdMost Primitive: 193rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 244thMost Devout: 340thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 715thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,680thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,839thLargest Black Market: 2,070thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,923rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,186thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,102ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,343rdMost Avoided: 5,114thHighest Crime Rates: 6,817thNudest: 7,009thMost Conservative: 7,820thBest Weather: 9,172ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,802ndTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 18,760thHighest Economic Output: 18,849thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,622ndMost Efficient Economies: 21,240th

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