by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,224th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,568th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,041st
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Libertarian Police State
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The Theocracy of The Zealous Swampites is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Divine Emporer with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 6.97 billion Swampesians are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, liberal, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Swamp of Santification. The average income tax rate is 97.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Zealous Swampitesian economy, worth 855 trillion Grails a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 122,746 Grails, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards, books are so highly regarded in The Zealous Swampites that libraries are often revered as holy shrines, and nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Zealous Swampites's national animal is the Lamb, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Path of the Righteous Smiter.

The Zealous Swampites is ranked 46,785th in the world and 1,993rd in Lazarus for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 4,303.71 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,224thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,568thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,041stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,417thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,723rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,748thLargest Governments: 3,648thLowest Crime Rates: 4,121stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,428thMost Devout: 4,569thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,754thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,779thMost Developed: 5,201stHealthiest Citizens: 5,576thSafest: 5,725thMost Cultured: 6,044thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,301stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,348thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,124thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,609thTop
Nudest: 8,431stMost Beautiful Environments: 8,634thMost Pacifist: 9,563rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,055thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,610thHighest Economic Output: 12,646thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,703rdSmartest Citizens: 12,752ndNicest Citizens: 15,225th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 52nd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 55th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 103rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 108th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 109th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 120th in the regionLargest Governments: 165th in the regionMost Developed: 176th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 186th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 191st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 194th in the regionMost Devout: 207th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 211th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 233rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 246th in the regionMost Cultured: 256th in the regionTop
Safest: 293rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 304th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 319th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 343rd in the regionNudest: 353rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 400th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 400th in the regionMost Pacifist: 451st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 491st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 507th in the region

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