by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 2,185th Most Subsidized Industry: 3,076th Most Stationary: 5,106th
The Peace and Quiet of
Father Knows Best State
Under the boardwalk
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Eminence Grise
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Political Freedom

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The Peace and Quiet of The Silver Strand is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord Silver with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, frequent executions, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.478 billion Silver Strandians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Strandingham. The average income tax rate is 69.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Silver Strandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,105 trillion Silver Crosses a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Automobile Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 96,339 Silver Crosses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

The roads are notorious throughout the region for their peril, muscular women are banned from competing in sporting competitions, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up, and punitive tariffs protect local industry. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Silver Strand's national animal is the lobster, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is The Silver Peace.

The Silver Strand is ranked 34,190th in the world and 4th in Former United States for Most Avoided, scoring 131.36 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Largest Black Market: 2,185thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,076thMost Stationary: 5,106thMost Armed: 8,668thTop
Highest Economic Output: 9,258thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,945thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,086thMost Influential: 10,252ndLargest Populations: 10,410thMost Efficient Economies: 10,632ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,687thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,016thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,690thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,046thMost Devout: 12,952ndMost Advanced Public Education: 13,541stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,011thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,080th

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