by Max Barry

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Nudest: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 151stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 279th
The Life of
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Population20.656 billion

CapitalThe Pacific


The Life of Water is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its deadly medical pandemics, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 20.656 billion Waterians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, liberal, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and International Aid. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Pacific. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Waterian economy, worth a remarkable 3,256 trillion drops a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Pizza Delivery, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 157,660 drops, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,460,392 per year while the poor average 1,627, a ratio of 897 to 1.

Science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, concussed fishball players cannot remember their lineup position, the government is ignoring the latest terrorist atrocities in The Pacific for fear of causing a fuss, and animal control is going door-to-door releasing all pets back into the wild. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Water's national animal is the fish, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Water is ranked 244,596th in the world and 15th in Antarctic Oasis for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring -27.93 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Nudest: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 151stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 279thHighest Crime Rates: 311thMost Armed: 528thMost Avoided: 804thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 962ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,017thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,145thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,212thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,265thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,435thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,598thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,613thFattest Citizens: 1,775thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,598thRudest Citizens: 3,986thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,099thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,494thHighest Economic Output: 4,641stLargest Retail Industry: 5,788thLargest Populations: 7,824thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,965thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,619thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,615thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 12,580thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,905thMost Efficient Economies: 17,538thSmartest Citizens: 18,877thMost Pro-Market: 20,685thLargest Black Market: 20,971stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,950th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Water's influence in Antarctic Oasis rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Water was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Water was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Water's influence in Antarctic Oasis rose from "Zero" to "Page".
  • : Water altered its national flag.
  • : Water relocated from Lazarus to Antarctic Oasis.
  • : Water's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Water was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Water ceased to exist in Antarctic Oasis.
  • : Water was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.