by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 271stMost Advanced Public Transport: 326thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 442nd
The Zombie Burrow of
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Population18.281 billion


CurrencySunflower Seed

The Zombie Burrow of Hamtown is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Hammy with a fair hand, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, free-roaming dinosaurs, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 18.281 billion Hamtowners enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hamopolis. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Hamtownian economy, worth a remarkable 4,272 trillion Sunflower Seeds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 233,730 Sunflower Seeds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Former nobles are being issued new identities in the wake of the end of serfdom, news headlines usually include p-values, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, and on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hamtown's national animal is the Hamster, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hammyism.

Hamtown is ranked 240,181st in the world and 1,211th in 10000 Islands for Highest Disposable Incomes, with zero Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Welfare Programs: 271stMost Advanced Public Transport: 326thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 442ndSafest: 452ndMost Developed: 523rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 589thLongest Average Lifespans: 589thHealthiest Citizens: 637thMost Pacifist: 649thLeast Corrupt Governments: 693rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 716thBest Weather: 721stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 724thHighest Average Tax Rates: 736thLargest Governments: 781stMost Beautiful Environments: 856thMost Advanced Public Education: 978thLowest Crime Rates: 1,005thMost Cultured: 1,055thMost Influential: 1,129thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,186thNicest Citizens: 1,198thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,283rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,659thSmartest Citizens: 1,696thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,698thMost Inclusive: 2,389thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2,438thHighest Economic Output: 2,654thHighest Average Incomes: 4,185thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,200thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,657thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,328thMost Efficient Economies: 7,114thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,067thLargest Populations: 9,255thTop
Most Secular: 17,860thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,258thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,381st
Largest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionSafest: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionMost Pacifist: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 19th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 26th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 27th in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 32nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 35th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 43rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 47th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 47th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 49th in the regionMost Inclusive: 51st in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 68th in the regionMost Influential: 87th in the regionLargest Populations: 87th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 106th in the region

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