by Max Barry

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August was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 228
Highest Crime Rates: 225thMost Armed: 242ndLargest Gambling Industry: 325th
The Dichromatic Mechanism of
Quality over Quantity
Founder / Supreme Allied Commander
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population12.72 billion


The Dichromatic Mechanism of August is a gargantuan, cultured nation, notable for its deadly medical pandemics, smutty television, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 12.72 billion Augustins live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Education and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment aren't funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Augustin economy, worth a remarkable 2,955 trillion senses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 232,350 senses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,602,502 per year while the poor average 11,945, a ratio of 134 to 1.

Enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, passengers often cause a stink on public transport, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, and the first test of a good kindergartener is the quality of the sponge-baths they give. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. August's national animal is the leopard, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

August is ranked 1,153rd in the world and 2nd in Cape of Good Hope for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 32,448.47 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 225thMost Armed: 242ndLargest Gambling Industry: 325thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 333rdMost Avoided: 405thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 411thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 440thFattest Citizens: 508thRudest Citizens: 533rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 868thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 960thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,149thLargest Retail Industry: 1,153rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,162ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,206thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,210thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,564thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,727thMost Politically Free: 1,743rdMost Pro-Market: 1,978thLargest Mining Sector: 2,142ndTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,620thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,728thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,470thHighest Average Incomes: 4,311thHighest Economic Output: 4,850thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,486thMost Cultured: 6,810thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,027thLargest Insurance Industry: 8,030thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,405thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,045thMost Efficient Economies: 12,054thTop
Most Influential: 13,574thMost Extreme: 16,369thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,402ndLargest Black Market: 19,234thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,299thLargest Populations: 21,444thSmartest Citizens: 24,122nd
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionNudest: 25th in the region

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