by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,885thMost Secular: 4,345thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,391st
The Entwined Providences of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Minister of National Securtiy
Civil Rights
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Population1.497 billion

CapitalVik Novum


The Entwined Providences of Zarbik is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Yale with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, avant-garde cinema, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 1.497 billion Zarbikians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vik Novum. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 86.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Zarbikian economy, worth 199 trillion Atzzes a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 132,962 Atzzes, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

Elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates, students at universities think exercise bikes are pieces of abstract art, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, and the Snapgram channel "Embarrassing Baby Yale Pics" has made Yale's mom a celebrity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zarbik's national animal is the Beaver, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is atheism.

Zarbik is ranked 24,596th in the world and 22nd in Isle Of Wooloo Kingdom for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,284.75 Tourists Per Hour.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,885thMost Secular: 4,345thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,391stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,777thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,167thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,730thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,004thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,743rdMost Developed: 10,872ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,052ndLargest Governments: 11,771stTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,416thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,696thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,243rdLowest Crime Rates: 13,887thSmartest Citizens: 15,224thMost Cultured: 15,513thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,852ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,066thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,145thMost Inclusive: 18,482ndHealthiest Citizens: 18,599thHighest Average Incomes: 18,781stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,153rdLongest Average Lifespans: 19,412thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,553rdSafest: 21,667thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,283rdMost Subsidized Industry: 23,286th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the region

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