by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,318th
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The Soviet States of Markov

Population1.03 billion



The Dictatorship of The Soviet States of Markov is a massive, safe nation, notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed population of 1.03 billion Markovians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Markov. The average income tax rate is 61.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Markovian economy, worth 45.5 trillion shmeckles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 44,149 shmeckles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Organ donation is compulsory, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat, judges are rumored to find in favor of whoever bribes them the most, and Leader has just been declared ruler of The Soviet States of Markov in an international press conference. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Soviet States of Markov's national animal is the emu, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Soviet States of Markov is ranked 141,873rd in the world and 6th in Robot Industries for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -5.48 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,318th

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