by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 129thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 173rdLargest Populations: 190th
The Fiefdom of
Compulsory Consumerist State
I Always Knew the President Wanted to Kill Us
Civil Rights
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Population40.885 billion

LeaderFearless Leader
Faitha Cult of Personality

Currencylarge shiny coin
Animalrabid squirrel

The Fiefdom of Vidare is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Fearless Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 40.885 billion Vidareans are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 86.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Vidarean economy, worth an astonishing 13,783 trillion large shiny coins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 337,126 large shiny coins, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,125,126 per year while the poor average 3,449, a ratio of 906 to 1.

Military spending recently hit a new high, Vidare's schoolchildren are manufactured into a segregated bunch of soldiers, religious zealots, and computer technicians, the dead are minced up and sold to people in burger form, and a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Vidare's national animal is the rabid squirrel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a Cult of Personality.

Vidare is ranked 221,155th in the world and 7,545th in Lazarus for Most Average, scoring 21.05 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 129thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 173rdLargest Populations: 190thHighest Economic Output: 259thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 490thSafest: 661stLargest Insurance Industry: 744thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 922ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 977thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,191stMost Stationary: 1,294thLowest Crime Rates: 1,310thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,521stHighest Average Incomes: 1,598thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,769thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,805thLargest Governments: 2,079thFattest Citizens: 2,195thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,243rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,246thMost Patriotic: 2,267thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,319thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,559thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,685thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,999thLargest Mining Sector: 3,751stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,320thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,587thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,815thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,097thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,961stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,044thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,903rdLargest Retail Industry: 10,006thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,269thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,679thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,920thSmartest Citizens: 11,710thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 14,040thMost Influential: 15,799thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,963rdMost Pro-Market: 16,141stMost Beautiful Environments: 17,460thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,441stMost Devout: 22,247th
Largest Populations: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30th in the regionMost Stationary: 33rd in the regionSafest: 35th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 44th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 59th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 65th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 68th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 69th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 73rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 76th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 81st in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 93rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 107th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 107th in the regionFattest Citizens: 108th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 113th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 118th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 119th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 138th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 178th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 226th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 239th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 257th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 262nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 326th in the regionMost Influential: 405th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 528th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 531st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 541st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 560th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 563rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 574th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 579th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 654th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 669th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 675th in the region

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