by Max Barry

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Largest Populations: 3,236thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,314thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,650th
The Parliamentary Constituency of
Corporate Bordello
Representative of North East Somerset
Lord High Steward
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Population27.62 billion


The Parliamentary Constituency of Wansdyke is a gargantuan, efficient nation, remarkable for its complete lack of public education, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 27.62 billion Wansdykeans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.9%.

The thriving Wansdykean economy, worth a remarkable 1,439 trillion Pounds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and led by the Cheese Exports industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Gambling. Average income is 52,130 Pounds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 159,247 per year while the poor average 13,227, a ratio of 12.0 to 1.

Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Wansdyke's national animal is the Bull, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Wansdyke is ranked 105,741st in the world and 168th in The Land of Kings and Emperors for Most Developed, scoring 56.24 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Populations: 3,236thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,314thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,650thTop
Highest Economic Output: 12,415thLargest Insurance Industry: 15,587thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,556thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,152ndHighest Crime Rates: 22,095th
Largest Populations: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionMost Politically Free: 14th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 15th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 16th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 22nd in the region

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