by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,099thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,276thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,958th
The Armed Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Let Them Be Free, Lest They Attack Me
The Old Man in the Boat
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.906 billion

CapitalThe Pit
LeaderThe Old Man in the Boat

AnimalPrairie Dogs

The Armed Republic of Volsar is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Old Man in the Boat with an even hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 1.906 billion Volsarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Pit. The average income tax rate is 92.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Volsarian economy, worth 254 trillion Dolsars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 133,480 Dolsars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more, third world countries are rich in "I Love The Pit" t-shirts, all the playground's a stage for Volsarian schoolchildren, and the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Volsar's national animal is the Prairie Dogs, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Volsar is ranked 215,013th in the world and 6,261st in the Rejected Realms for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -285.88 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 2,099thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,276thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,958thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,734thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,436thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,124thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,169thLowest Crime Rates: 6,343rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,641stLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,754thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,894thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,928thSafest: 6,980thMost Inclusive: 7,376thLargest Governments: 7,903rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,241stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,463rdBest Weather: 8,502ndSmartest Citizens: 8,658thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,050thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,762ndMost Secular: 10,119thHealthiest Citizens: 10,163rdMost Pacifist: 10,572ndTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 11,912thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,227thMost Cultured: 12,856thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,478thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,578thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,048thMost Income Equality: 15,208thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,229thNicest Citizens: 16,135thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,466thHighest Average Incomes: 17,842ndMost Efficient Economies: 17,890thMost Developed: 18,803rdLargest Welfare Programs: 19,008th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 56th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 84th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 130th in the regionSafest: 149th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 149th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 151st in the regionMost Inclusive: 154th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 156th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 156th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 170th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 182nd in the regionLargest Governments: 185th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 185th in the regionMost Pacifist: 189th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 192nd in the regionBest Weather: 195th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 197th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 199th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 211th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 218th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 241st in the regionNicest Citizens: 271st in the regionMost Cultured: 272nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 277th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 311th in the regionMost Secular: 319th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 356th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 387th in the regionMost Developed: 389th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 422nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 424th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 427th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 508th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 508th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 544th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 558th in the region

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