by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,255thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,241stLargest Populations: 13,584th
The Marching Band of
Iron Fist Consumerists
There'll be pie in the sky when you die.
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The Starvation Army

Population16.339 billion

Animalbird of prey

The Marching Band of The Starvation Army is a gargantuan, orderly nation, remarkable for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 16.339 billion Starvationists are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 59.0%.

The Starvationist economy, worth 688 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 42,121 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Married couples must call each other "darling" or risk a fine, citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements, voting is compulsory, and thieves are flogged in public for their crimes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Starvation Army's national animal is the bird of prey, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Starvation Army is ranked 35,921st in the world and 177th in Artificial Solar System for Most Beautiful Environments, with 753.34 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,255thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,241stLargest Populations: 13,584th
Largest Populations: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 49th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 65th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 157th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 177th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 250th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 370th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 468th in the region

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