by Max Barry

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,253rd Largest Mining Sector: 1,729th Most Avoided: 3,460th
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Population668 million



The Death of Baragele is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, enslaved workforce, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 668 million Null are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Administration, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while International Aid and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Null. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Null economy, worth 76.9 trillion Nulls a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 115,056 Nulls, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 390,974 per year while the poor average 24,971, a ratio of 15.7 to 1.

Pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, students at universities think exercise bikes are pieces of abstract art, rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons, and politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional. Crime is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Baragele's national animal is the Null, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Baragele is ranked 146,740th in the world and 18th in The Clay of Clashu for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -9.49 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,253rdTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,729thMost Avoided: 3,460thNudest: 3,785thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,853rdFattest Citizens: 4,026thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,203rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,569thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,234thMost Armed: 5,268thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,131stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,602ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,027thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,239thTop
Most Primitive: 8,996thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,237thHighest Crime Rates: 9,616thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,108th
Nudest: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the region

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