by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,865thMost Influential: 3,715thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,656th
The Dictatorship of
Father Knows Best State
Glory To Greatest Leader
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population967 million


AnimalThorny Devil

The Dictatorship of Estriacea is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its ritual sacrifices, frequent executions, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 967 million Estriaceans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carolgrad. The average income tax rate is 50.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Estriacean economy, worth 99.3 trillion Yueals a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Trout Farming, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 102,655 Yueals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list, and the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Estriacea's national animal is the Thorny Devil, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Estriacea is ranked 180,695th in the world and 4,759th in the West Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 7.79 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,865thMost Influential: 3,715thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,656thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,210thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,144thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 17,693rdHighest Poor Incomes: 21,073rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,299thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,319thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,497th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 105th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 123rd in the regionMost Influential: 147th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 151st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 286th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 322nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 352nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 361st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 377th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 418th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 424th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 486th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 506th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 519th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 553rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 557th in the region

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