by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,235thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,724thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,596th
The Folly of
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Population2.12 billion



The Folly of Tungstan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Paige with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, vat-grown people, and punitive income tax rates. The quiet, industrious population of 2.12 billion Paiges are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eden. The average income tax rate is 80.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Paige economy, worth 261 trillion rats 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, 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 an impressive 123,349 rats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region, foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country, and heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-rat treacle machine. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tungstan's national animal is the rat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is God.

Tungstan is ranked 278,909th in the world and 6,845th in the Rejected Realms for Fattest Citizens, with 5.29 Obesity Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,235thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,724thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,596thMost Developed: 10,806thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,282ndMost Inclusive: 11,308thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,192ndSmartest Citizens: 13,505thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,833rdBest Weather: 13,931stTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 14,550thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,804thHighest Food Quality: 14,939thHealthiest Citizens: 14,985thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,386thMost Influential: 16,381stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,836thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,304thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,806thMost Income Equality: 19,932ndMost Secular: 20,318thLargest Governments: 24,067thMost Subsidized Industry: 26,421stSafest: 26,429thLowest Crime Rates: 27,235thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 28,565th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 64th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 202nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 247th in the regionMost Developed: 260th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 268th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 311th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 322nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 325th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 329th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 334th in the regionBest Weather: 343rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 351st in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 377th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 381st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 390th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 400th in the regionMost Influential: 426th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 483rd in the regionMost Secular: 492nd in the regionLargest Governments: 529th in the regionMost Income Equality: 576th in the regionSafest: 618th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 625th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 654th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 695th in the region

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