by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,059thMost Influential: 4,678thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,864th
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Population600 million


Animalwhite-eared fruit bat

The Republic of Zanthamun is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 600 million Zanthamunians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Basţon. The average income tax rate is 47.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Zanthamunian economy, worth 51.4 trillion bits a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 85,592 bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare, teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank, and new treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Zanthamun's national animal is the white-eared fruit bat, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Zanthamun is ranked 193,856th in the world and 548th in Europe for Most Devout, with 53.86 prayers per hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,059thTop
Most Influential: 4,678thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,864thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,822ndNicest Citizens: 11,808thTop
Most Pacifist: 14,746thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,947thMost Inclusive: 16,369thHighest Food Quality: 17,343rdMost Beautiful Environments: 18,607thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,392ndBest Weather: 22,189thMost Cultured: 23,275thSmartest Citizens: 24,847thMost Valuable International Artwork: 25,080thLargest Information Technology Sector: 26,578thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26,926th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 73rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 80th in the region

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