by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 7,909thMost Authoritarian: 8,780thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,893rd
The Union of Russian Republics of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Viribus Unitis
Civil Rights
Basket Case
Political Freedom

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Population6.354 billion

AnimalEastern Barn Owl

The Union of Russian Republics of Yugobelka is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its compulsory military service, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 6.354 billion Russians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 76.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Russian economy, worth 76.9 trillion Rubles 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 12,106 Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma and a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Yugobelka's national animal is the Eastern Barn Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Yugobelka is ranked 44,282nd in the world and 1st in The World Today for Best Weather, with 116 meters of sunlight.

Most Income Equality: 7,909thMost Authoritarian: 8,780thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 17,893rd

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