by Max Barry

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 153rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 294thMost Influential: 568th
The Last True Viking of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Until the End, Never Broken
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population12.344 billion

LeaderEmperor Irwin IV


The Last True Viking of Esplandia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Irwin IV with an even hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, public floggings, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 12.344 billion Esplandians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karthied. The average income tax rate is 84.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Esplandish economy, worth a remarkable 1,861 trillion Scylds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 150,830 Scylds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper, Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society, and hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Esplandia's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Aelostianism.

Esplandia is ranked 78,579th in the world and 3,549th in The North Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 57.48 Insults Per Minute.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 153rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 294thMost Influential: 568thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,050thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,512thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,813thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,763rdLargest Retail Industry: 4,666thMost Efficient Economies: 4,732ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,990thLargest Black Market: 5,127thMost Cultured: 5,129thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,686thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,008thLowest Crime Rates: 6,328thMost Developed: 7,021stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,047thMost Stationary: 7,104thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,232ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,845thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,923rdHighest Economic Output: 9,102ndLargest Governments: 10,079thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,674thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,732ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,945thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,437thHealthiest Citizens: 11,786thSmartest Citizens: 11,871stTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 12,320thBest Weather: 12,836thHighest Average Incomes: 13,972ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,244thLargest Populations: 23,691stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23,898th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 69th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 140th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 150th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 169th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 193rd in the regionMost Influential: 198th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 229th in the regionLargest Black Market: 239th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 240th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 242nd in the regionMost Cultured: 264th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 276th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 278th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 280th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 288th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 339th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 394th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 406th in the regionMost Developed: 429th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 430th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 459th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 475th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 488th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 490th in the regionLargest Governments: 520th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 619th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 639th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 647th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 688th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 691st in the regionBest Weather: 743rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 868th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 888th in the region

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