by Max Barry

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Highest Drug Use: 1,635thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,145thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,588th
The Syndicalist Nations of
Left-wing Utopia
Democracy & Justice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.95 billion

CapitalYousta City
LeaderPresident Sharp

CurrencyYoustan Dollar

The Syndicalist Nations of Yousta is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Sharp with a fair hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.95 billion Youstans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yousta City. The average income tax rate is 76.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Youstan economy, worth 398 trillion Youstan Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 135,058 Youstan Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government frequently panders to parents with boutique tax credits, meat-eating is frowned upon, the seats at the back of the parliament are reserved for indigenous ministers, and community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common. Crime is totally unknown. Yousta's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Yousta is ranked 169,049th in the world and 138th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Fattest Citizens, with 8.3 Obesity Rate.

Highest Drug Use: 1,635thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 3,145thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,588thNicest Citizens: 4,552ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,703rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,780thMost Influential: 5,119thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,140thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,184thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,272ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,403rdMost Inclusive: 6,100thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,112thRudest Citizens: 6,540thMost Efficient Economies: 6,996thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,446thMost Cultured: 8,057thMost Pacifist: 8,389thNudest: 8,917thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,268thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,046thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,192ndMost Developed: 11,260thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11,975thBest Weather: 11,995thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,655thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,137thSmartest Citizens: 13,187thLargest Governments: 14,313thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,585thLeast Corrupt Governments: 14,824thHighest Average Incomes: 17,219thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,785thMost Income Equality: 18,407thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20,030thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,041st
Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 20th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 28th in the region

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