by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 904thLargest Retail Industry: 950thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,358th
The Principality of
Corporate Police State Entrepreneurial Freedom Zone
What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population9.495 billion

CapitalLilac Veritas

Currencyezkian real

The Principality of Ezkio is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Hwan with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, free-roaming dinosaurs, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 9.495 billion Ezkians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lilac Veritas. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Ezkioan economy, worth a remarkable 2,075 trillion ezkian reais a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 218,590 ezkian reais, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,677,026 per year while the poor average 7,685, a ratio of 218 to 1.

Both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth, there are no bananas today in Ezkio, artists regularly face criminal charges and art-burning parties are common, and family trees become bare as entire branches are lopped off. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Ezkio's national animal is the vulture, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Greed.

Ezkio is ranked 305,188th in the world and 351st in The Black Hawks for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring -14.49 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 904thLargest Retail Industry: 950thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,358thMost Avoided: 1,359thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,412thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,429thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,508thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,634thFattest Citizens: 1,756thMost Secular: 1,996thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,127thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,413thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,982ndTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,096thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,684thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,172ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,557thMost Efficient Economies: 4,856thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,868thLargest Mining Sector: 4,972ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,056thRudest Citizens: 5,603rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,038thMost Patriotic: 7,928thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,869thLargest Black Market: 9,462ndHighest Economic Output: 9,571stLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,451stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,793rdMost Conservative: 13,514thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 18,780thLargest Governments: 21,678thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,097thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25,610thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26,723rd
Largest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 30th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the region

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