by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,129th Least Corrupt Governments: 1,175th Most Influential: 1,239th
The Commonwealth of
Left-wing Utopia
To rebel is justified
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.901 billion

Leaderthe Chairman of the Commonwealth Council


The Commonwealth of Cairnben is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Chairman of the Commonwealth Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.901 billion Cairnbenians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nubierth. The average income tax rate is 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Cairnbenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,063 trillion bretzels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 154,153 bretzels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Cairnbenian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, Cairnben has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly, and women have a strange proclivity for dressing up as caped weasels. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cairnben's national animal is the hummingbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Cairnben is ranked 5,950th in the world and 340th in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 488.98 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,129thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,175thMost Influential: 1,239thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,386thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,422ndSafest: 1,424thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,435thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,538thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,553rdTop
Best Weather: 1,796thMost Developed: 1,855thMost Pacifist: 1,858thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,895thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,926thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,959thNicest Citizens: 2,138thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,174thMost Inclusive: 2,352ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,192ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,213thSmartest Citizens: 3,273rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,343rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,612thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,948thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,972ndLargest Governments: 4,231stMost Efficient Economies: 4,278thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,660thLowest Crime Rates: 4,744thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,826thMost Cultured: 4,982ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,373rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,497thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,950thNudest: 8,268thTop
Most Secular: 9,608thHighest Average Incomes: 11,918thMost Income Equality: 12,992ndHighest Economic Output: 14,189th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 55th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 61st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 62nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 69th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 70th in the regionSafest: 85th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 102nd in the regionBest Weather: 104th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 107th in the regionMost Pacifist: 108th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 116th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 119th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 120th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 123rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 130th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 133rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 135th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 142nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 151st in the regionMost Inclusive: 151st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 175th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 179th in the regionLargest Governments: 207th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 215th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 224th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 230th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 235th in the regionMost Cultured: 248th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 259th in the regionNudest: 261st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 310th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 340th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 438th in the regionMost Influential: 473rd in the regionMost Secular: 503rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 558th in the regionMost Income Equality: 641st in the regionLargest Populations: 724th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 772nd in the region

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