by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 350thHealthiest Citizens: 1,608thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,036th
The Wooded Land of
Corrupt Dictatorship
We are the forest, and the forest are we.
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population11.326 billion



The Wooded Land of Konar is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Bluie with an iron fist, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, irreverence towards religion, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.326 billion Konarians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Emswe. The average income tax rate is 87.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Konarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,531 trillion chukas a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 135,233 chukas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, teachers are routinely tested to keep their jobs, it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom, and the police strictly enforce off-limit zones for tourists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Konar's national animal is the tersik, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Konar is ranked 206,123rd in the world and 9,114th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -15.03 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 350thHealthiest Citizens: 1,608thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,036thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,482ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,181stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,202ndMost Secular: 3,536thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,550thBest Weather: 3,570thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,893rdMost Developed: 4,144thMost Influential: 4,602ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,917thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,314thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,953rdSmartest Citizens: 7,008thMost Inclusive: 7,107thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,672ndMost Pacifist: 8,009thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,283rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,085thLargest Governments: 9,126thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,587thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,642ndTop
Highest Economic Output: 10,414thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,800thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,208thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,646thMost Efficient Economies: 15,628thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,965thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,108thHighest Average Incomes: 17,138thLargest Black Market: 17,328th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 53rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 91st in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 130th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 130th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 150th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 158th in the regionMost Secular: 184th in the regionBest Weather: 211th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 215th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 235th in the regionMost Developed: 254th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 282nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 331st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 352nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 356th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 405th in the regionLargest Populations: 407th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 435th in the regionMost Inclusive: 435th in the regionLargest Governments: 452nd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 459th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 460th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 532nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 543rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 579th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 623rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 691st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 775th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 787th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 812th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 865th in the region

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