by Max Barry

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 10th Largest Retail Industry: 19th Highest Crime Rates: 49th
Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.499 billion

Faiththe opium of the people


The COOPERATIVE of Vivien is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by GENERAL SECRETARY OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.499 billion PEOPLE are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of VIVIENGRAD. The average income tax rate is 40.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient PEOPLE economy, worth a remarkable 2,601 trillion REDFLAGS a year, is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 306,128 REDFLAGS, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

An increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat, all recreational drugs are legal, to 'cut off family ties' is no longer just a phrase, and research into 'designer babies' is banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Vivien's national animal is the RAT, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the opium of the people.

Vivien is ranked 149,384th in the world and 5,277th in the Pacific for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 33.92 Workforce Participation Rate.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 10thLargest Retail Industry: 19thHighest Crime Rates: 49thMost Armed: 89thFattest Citizens: 96thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 118thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 245thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 259thMost Devout: 273rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 297thMost Avoided: 313thMost Corrupt Governments: 414thMost Primitive: 531stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 571stLargest Black Market: 730thLargest Mining Sector: 756thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 937thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,129thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,176thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,199thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,246thMost Cultured: 1,357thHighest Average Incomes: 1,477thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,524thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,000thRudest Citizens: 2,791stHighest Economic Output: 4,064thMost Efficient Economies: 4,850thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,715thTop
Most Stationary: 8,638thMost Influential: 9,763rdLargest Governments: 11,534thHighest Drug Use: 12,403rd
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 36th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 40th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 41st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 41st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 58th in the regionRudest Citizens: 63rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 77th in the regionMost Stationary: 85th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 130th in the regionLargest Populations: 151st in the regionMost Influential: 163rd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 283rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 355th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Vivien was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, research into 'designer babies' is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, to 'cut off family ties' is no longer just a phrase.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, tourist operators promise visitors tours of live burning shipwrecks and plane crash sites.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, Jennifer Government is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, tourists are forbidden to enter Native PEOPLE lands.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, the government supplies ragtag bands of resistance fighters in exchange for vague promises of future payment.


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