by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 1,729thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,496thMost Armed: 2,559th
The Socialist Federation of
Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.253 billion

LeaderHead Chancellor Karl Stefansson

CurrencyFederal Credit
AnimalArthralonian Falcon

The Socialist Federation of Arthralonia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Head Chancellor Karl Stefansson with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 2.253 billion Arthralonians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tabriki. The average income tax rate is 80.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Arthralonian economy, worth 448 trillion Federal Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 199,051 Federal Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, a nation-wide cull of Arthralonian Falcons is in effect, vast amounts of energy are expended moving water to hilltop lakes, and the Arthralonian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arthralonia's national animal is the Arthralonian Falcon.

Arthralonia is ranked 17,002nd in the world and 471st in the Pacific for Highest Food Quality, scoring 123.06 on the Meeshlin-Starr Index.

Most Secular: 1,729thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,496thMost Armed: 2,559thMost Patriotic: 2,564thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,812thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,163rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,566thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,936thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,371stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,592ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,893rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,927thMost Developed: 6,346thSmartest Citizens: 6,937thHighest Average Incomes: 6,975thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,563rdMost Cultured: 7,972ndLargest Governments: 8,000thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,031stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,337thLargest Retail Industry: 8,383rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,437thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,142ndSafest: 14,121stHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,717thHealthiest Citizens: 14,914thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,537thHighest Food Quality: 17,002ndMost Influential: 17,602ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,716th
Most Secular: 49th in the regionMost Armed: 54th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 75th in the regionMost Patriotic: 85th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 88th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 94th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 110th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 128th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 128th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 137th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 162nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 163rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 164th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 174th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 178th in the regionMost Developed: 179th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 181st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 181st in the regionMost Cultured: 192nd in the regionLargest Governments: 209th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 221st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 263rd in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 302nd in the regionMost Influential: 304th in the regionRudest Citizens: 339th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 349th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 376th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 398th in the regionSafest: 427th in the regionMost Average: 438th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 442nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 459th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 471st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 526th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 569th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 573rd in the region

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