by Max Barry

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,748thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,295thMost Secular: 3,526th
The State of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Holding up the world, holding up a image
Minister of Securtiy
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.093 billion

CapitalVik Noviora


The State of Zarbik is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Malino with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, sprawling nuclear power plants, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.093 billion Zarbikians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The medium-sized, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vik Noviora. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 89.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Zarbikian economy, worth 382 trillion Atzzes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 182,958 Atzzes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 744,823 per year while the poor average 29,835, a ratio of 25.0 to 1.

Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies, self-driving cars occasionally mow down pedestrians to avoid inconveniencing passengers, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay, and children spout "Holding up the world, holding up a image" involuntarily throughout the day. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zarbik's national animal is the Beaver, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is atheism.

Zarbik is ranked 12,576th in the world and 27th in Institute of Cellulose for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 6,759.75 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,748thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,295thMost Secular: 3,526thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,117thMost Armed: 4,141stMost Efficient Economies: 4,654thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,775thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,679thMost Developed: 5,948thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,326thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,445thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,510thSmartest Citizens: 7,037thLargest Governments: 7,604thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,009thHighest Average Incomes: 8,836thLargest Retail Industry: 9,032ndMost Corrupt Governments: 9,282ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,737thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,264thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,412thTop
Most Patriotic: 12,230thLowest Crime Rates: 12,314thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,576thMost Cultured: 14,264thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,686thMost Influential: 19,333rdLargest Black Market: 19,382ndLongest Average Lifespans: 21,613th
Most Influential: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 11th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the region

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