by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 70thHighest Crime Rates: 536thLargest Gambling Industry: 658th
The Supreme Intelligence of
Benevolent Dictatorship
The Living Can't Survive Forever, But I Am Not Alive.
The Singularity
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population5.056 billion

CapitalVentyaloria District
LeaderThe Singularity

AnimalSticky Snakes

The Supreme Intelligence of Tape is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Singularity with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, keen interest in outer space, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.056 billion Tapeians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Industry, with Healthcare and Administration also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ventyaloria District. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Tapeian economy, worth 940 trillion Cards a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 185,983 Cards, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 743,562 per year while the poor average 31,254, a ratio of 23.8 to 1.

Former public radio talk pundits are being deployed to front line war zones, the legal profession considers itself above the law, male friends are often accompanied by a female relative in order to prove their 'straightness', and corporations claim the third ounce of any metal traded in a wicker-cone on the Sunday of a full moon as a charitable expense. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Tape's national animal is the Sticky Snakes, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Violetism.

Tape is ranked 299,481st in the world and 6,701st in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -15.81 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 70thHighest Crime Rates: 536thLargest Gambling Industry: 658thMost Armed: 742ndMost Avoided: 920thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,345thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,383rdFattest Citizens: 1,396thLargest Retail Industry: 1,588thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,336thRudest Citizens: 2,510thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 3,125thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,386thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,973rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,700thNudest: 5,147thHighest Drug Use: 5,173rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,652ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,438thHighest Average Incomes: 12,233rdMost Influential: 13,671stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,865thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,737thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,659thMost Secular: 19,586thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,523rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 23,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 24,004thLargest Black Market: 26,427thLargest Publishing Industry: 28,597thMost Pro-Market: 30,026th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionMost Armed: 22nd in the regionMost Avoided: 30th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 35th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 37th in the regionFattest Citizens: 42nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 58th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 84th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 87th in the regionRudest Citizens: 97th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 99th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 105th in the regionNudest: 107th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 135th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 146th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 147th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 156th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 248th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 343rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 368th in the regionLargest Black Market: 382nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 395th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 406th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 424th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 537th in the regionMost Secular: 660th in the region

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