by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,450thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,978thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,131st
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Population1.783 billion

CapitalVik Novum


The Entwined Providences of Zarbik is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Camilo with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, enslaved workforce, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.783 billion Zarbikians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vik Novum. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 87.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Zarbikian economy, worth 278 trillion Atzzes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 156,475 Atzzes, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 860,870 per year while the poor average 14,427, a ratio of 59.7 to 1.

Real estate agencies are being replaced by naval recruitment offices, unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society, the banshee wail foretells skies of death, and "Mad Max: Returning Again to Barrydrome" is this year's unexpected summer blockbuster. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zarbik's national animal is the Beaver, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is atheism.

Zarbik is ranked 4,131st in the world and 8th in Institute of Cellulose for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 168.55 Bank.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,450thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,978thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,131stMost Secular: 4,267thMost Armed: 5,100thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,917thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,159thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,259thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,341stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,351stMost Developed: 7,975thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,063rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,773rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,956thMost Efficient Economies: 9,219thLargest Governments: 9,995thSmartest Citizens: 10,690thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,714thRudest Citizens: 10,873rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,245thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,600thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,885thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,415thHighest Average Incomes: 12,887thLowest Crime Rates: 14,194thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,302ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,334thMost Cultured: 19,347thLargest Retail Industry: 20,224thMost Inclusive: 21,025thHealthiest Citizens: 21,935thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,055thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,440thMost Influential: 22,946th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the region

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