by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,399thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,634th
The Empire of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
Pride and industry
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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9th layer of hell

Population762 million


The Empire of 9th layer of hell is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, vat-grown people, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 762 million demons are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality are ignored. The average income tax rate is 25.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient 9th layer of hellian economy, worth 41.4 trillion euros a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 54,335 euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

State media insists that Leader is the most fashionable leader in Groot Nederland, government popup ads are springing up like weeds, Leader has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space, and sections of the police receive paramilitary training. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 9th layer of hell's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

9th layer of hell is ranked 206,491st in the world and 3rd in Groot Nederland for Most Primitive, scoring -123.97 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,399thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,634th

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