by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,897thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,843rdMost Influential: 6,355th
The United Socialist States of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We Live for the Homeland
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population591 million


AnimalGreat Torcani Wolf

The United Socialist States of Torcan is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, ubiquitous missile silos, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 591 million Torcanis are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tyra. The average income tax rate is 75.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Torcanian economy, worth 44.8 trillion Garts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 75,834 Garts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Torcan, and spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Torcan's national animal is the Great Torcani Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Torcan is ranked 203,487th in the world and 392nd in Conch Kingdom for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -8 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,897thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,843rdMost Influential: 6,355thMost Patriotic: 8,346thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,321stTop
Most Authoritarian: 15,252ndLargest Welfare Programs: 15,988thMost Secular: 17,781stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,462ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,631stHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,656thMost Conservative: 22,956thLowest Crime Rates: 23,142ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 24,369thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24,799th
Most Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionMost Patriotic: 24th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 25th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 44th in the regionLargest Black Market: 48th in the regionMost Conservative: 49th in the region

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