by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,512th Most Influential: 3,553rd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,220th
The Armed Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
To assist another is to assist us all
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Below Average

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The Shorter Union

Population1.567 billion

CapitalThe Automachine
LeaderHigh Engineer
FaithThe Church of Powering Slippery Fluid


The Armed Republic of The Shorter Union is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by High Engineer with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, enslaved workforce, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-working, devout population of 1.567 billion Cogs 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Automachine. The average income tax rate is 62.5%.

The very strong Shorter Unionian economy, worth 106 trillion Khoyns a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Soda Sales. Average income is 68,130 Khoyns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Workers have their fruitcake and eat it too, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay, The Shorter Union has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories, and 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Shorter Union's national animal is the Crow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Church of Powering Slippery Fluid.

The Shorter Union is ranked 128,922nd in the world and 5,003rd in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 6.52 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,512thMost Influential: 3,553rdTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,220thHighest Drug Use: 16,117thMost Average: 16,193rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 238th in the regionMost Influential: 252nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 282nd in the regionTop
Most Average: 354th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 518th in the region

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