by Max Barry

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Most Efficient Economies: 1,782ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,927thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,937th
The Southern Kingdom of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
For Crown And Country!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population8.391 billion

LeaderEmperor Francis II


The Southern Kingdom of Taralania is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Francis II with an even hand, and remarkable for its triple-decker prams, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.391 billion Taralanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarania. The average income tax rate is 87.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Taralanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,663 trillion Taras a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 198,268 Taras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Third world countries are rich in "I Love Tarania" t-shirts, EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority"), and the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Taralania's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Taralania is ranked 201,787th in the world and 389th in Thaecia for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -18.73 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Efficient Economies: 1,782ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,927thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,937thLargest Retail Industry: 3,513thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,539thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,718thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,479thRudest Citizens: 5,056thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,696thLargest Governments: 5,953rdMost Developed: 6,322ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,473rdMost Inclusive: 6,625thSmartest Citizens: 6,783rdMost Cultured: 8,067thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,219thHighest Economic Output: 9,308thLowest Crime Rates: 9,392ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,586thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,073rdTop
Most Devout: 10,291stMost Influential: 10,489thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,584thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,161stLargest Publishing Industry: 11,495thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,086thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,936thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,538thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,756thHighest Drug Use: 16,144thHealthiest Citizens: 19,594thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,993rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,245th
Most Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Cultured: 16th in the regionMost Devout: 17th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 18th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 32nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 33rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 33rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 37th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 39th in the region

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