by Max Barry

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,162ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,471st
The Republic of
Moralistic Democracy
Everyone expects the Varanian Inquisition
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Vara 4

Population946 million

CurrencyObject Permanence
AnimalQuestion Mark

The Republic of Vara 4 is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 946 million Vara 4ians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39.2%.

The strong Vara 4ian economy, worth 63.3 trillion Object Permanences a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 66,865 Object Permanences, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 289,533 per year while the poor average 9,813, a ratio of 29.5 to 1.

A cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country, airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room, citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections, and death row inmates cower in fear at the phrase "one-year anniversary". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vara 4's national animal is the Question Mark, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Vara 4 is ranked 151,099th in the world and 3,710th in Artificial Solar System for Largest Populations, with 946 million Capita.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,162ndTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,471st
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 114th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 124th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 157th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 243rd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 323rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 419th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 480th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 491st in the regionMost Conservative: 495th in the region

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