by Max Barry

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Largest Insurance Industry: 4,946thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,674thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,838th
The ValkGuard Kingdom of
Moralistic Democracy
Only those who climb shall prosper
George Tyrac
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.134 billion

LeaderGeorge Tyrac

CurrencyKnickel Brass

The ValkGuard Kingdom of Xobria is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by George Tyrac with an even hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 8.134 billion Xobrians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snowpine. The average income tax rate is 74.8%.

The all-consuming Xobrian economy, worth 680 trillion Knickel Brasses a year, is quite specialized and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 83,657 Knickel Brasses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

The most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams, the Coast Guard is pioneering a quixotic program to train fish, and the most common psychiatric diagnosis is to 'stop whining and grow up'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Xobria's national animal is the Moose, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Valkism.

Xobria is ranked 205,381st in the world and 7th in Institute of Cellulose for Nudest, with 24.25 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Largest Insurance Industry: 4,946thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,674thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,838thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,191stBest Weather: 7,624thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,706thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,942ndTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,819thMost Primitive: 15,033rdMost Corrupt Governments: 16,452ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,426thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,225thLowest Crime Rates: 18,673rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,419thMost Cultured: 20,470thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,539thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21,787th

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