by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,186th Most Influential: 3,135th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,169th
The Subterranean Fortress of
Capitalist Paradise
Sloth is waste. Initiative make haste
Erú Ilúvatar
Influence
Negotiator
Chief Operating Officer
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Subterranean Fortress of Torranta is a huge, cultured nation, ruled by Erú Ilúvatar with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, ubiquitous missile silos, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 933 million Archaeans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ithilien. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.3%.

The powerhouse Arcane economy, worth 113 trillion Mithrils a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 121,565 Mithrils, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 431,062 per year while the poor average 24,729, a ratio of 17.4 to 1.

Anti-government web sites are springing up, angry men scowl at each other across chess boards, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion, and the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Torranta's national animal is the Eglat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Torranta is ranked 33,719th in the world and 35th in Lands End for Nudest, with 189 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,186thMost Influential: 3,135thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,169thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,782ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,683rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,532ndTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9,269thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,507thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,646thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,063rdLargest Publishing Industry: 12,271stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,195thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,514thRudest Citizens: 16,752ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,991st
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Stationary: 25th in the region

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