by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,332nd Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,637th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,047th
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The Theocracy of The Zealous Swampites is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Divine Emporer with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, smutty television, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 6.649 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, 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 812 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 and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 122,239 Grails, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

No one born in The Zealous Swampites can fix a leaky faucet, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead, and search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards. 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 9,890th in the world and 323rd in Osiris for Nudest, with 218.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,332ndTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,637thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,047thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,497thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,710thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,757thLargest Governments: 3,745thLowest Crime Rates: 4,163rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,668thMost Devout: 4,672ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,790thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,897thMost Developed: 5,127thHealthiest Citizens: 5,619thSafest: 6,083rdMost Cultured: 6,106thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,187thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,545thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,335thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,502ndTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 8,408thMost Pacifist: 9,865thNudest: 9,890thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,324thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,770thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,719thHighest Economic Output: 13,322ndSmartest Citizens: 13,723rdNicest Citizens: 15,754thBest Weather: 15,933rd
Most Advanced Public Transport: 40th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 45th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 78th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 80th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 92nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 125th in the regionLargest Governments: 134th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 137th in the regionMost Developed: 143rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 149th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 171st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 173rd in the regionMost Cultured: 186th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 197th in the regionMost Devout: 206th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 210th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 239th in the regionSafest: 264th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 291st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 302nd in the regionNudest: 323rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 337th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 344th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 394th in the regionMost Pacifist: 420th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 422nd in the region

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