by Max Barry

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Highest Average Tax Rates: 1,075thMost Developed: 1,095thLargest Governments: 1,155th
The Stratocracy of
Democratic Socialists
One nation. One Army. One soul.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.175 billion



The Stratocracy of Ribanzi is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Commander with an even hand, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 6.175 billion Ribans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moonlight. The average income tax rate is 99.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Riban economy, worth a remarkable 1,542 trillion credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 249,800 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, Moonlight is a police state during international summits, the death penalty has been reintroduced, and the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Ribanzi's national animal is the commando, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bushido.

Ribanzi is ranked 113,417th in the world and 4,459th in The East Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,109.88 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Average Tax Rates: 1,075thMost Developed: 1,095thLargest Governments: 1,155thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,336thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,344thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,407thLowest Crime Rates: 1,414thHealthiest Citizens: 1,507thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,546thMost Armed: 1,558thSmartest Citizens: 1,611thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,834thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,913thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,130thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,175thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,239thMost Cultured: 2,574thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,724thMost Secular: 3,100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,382ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,392ndBest Weather: 3,635thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,701stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,711thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,975thMost Inclusive: 4,995thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,135thMost Efficient Economies: 5,559thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,659thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,206thRudest Citizens: 7,331stHighest Economic Output: 10,328thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,550thSafest: 11,908thMost Influential: 12,424thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,390thHighest Drug Use: 18,463rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,906thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,356th
Highest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionMost Armed: 34th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 41st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 44th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 47th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 53rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 59th in the regionMost Cultured: 59th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 59th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 66th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 66th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 89th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 94th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 94th in the regionMost Secular: 96th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 103rd in the regionBest Weather: 108th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 122nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 138th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 164th in the regionMost Inclusive: 164th in the regionRudest Citizens: 204th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 308th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 338th in the regionLargest Populations: 359th in the regionSafest: 398th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 477th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 509th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 525th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 550th in the regionMost Influential: 700th in the regionNudest: 739th in the region

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