by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 532ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 723rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 987th
The United Democracy of
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Freedom in Equality
Civil Rights
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Population20.613 billion



The United Democracy of Matterland is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Xanderal with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 20.613 billion Matterlandians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Solace. The average income tax rate is 97.7%.

The powerhouse Matterlandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,706 trillion Matts a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 131,296 Matts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A primitive society is being eroded as its youth flock to the modern world, academics have a bone to pick with free market entrepreneurs, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous, and extreme political groups are outlawed. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Matterland's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Matterland is ranked 2,433rd in the world and 53rd in 10000 Islands for Healthiest Citizens, with 25.95 bananas ingested per day.

Most Influential: 532ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 723rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 987thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,217thMost Pacifist: 1,375thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,407thSafest: 1,850thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,115thMost Stationary: 2,137thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,423rdHealthiest Citizens: 2,433rdBest Weather: 2,485thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,515thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,884thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,064thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,074thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,355thNicest Citizens: 3,570thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,646thMost Cultured: 3,870thSmartest Citizens: 4,172ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,344thLargest Governments: 4,617thHighest Food Quality: 4,654thLowest Crime Rates: 5,941stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,243rdHighest Economic Output: 6,572ndMost Rebellious Youth: 7,875thMost Inclusive: 9,160thLargest Populations: 9,503rdMost Secular: 10,711thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,524thNudest: 12,025thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,693rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,997thMost Developed: 18,663rdMost Subsidized Industry: 19,037thHighest Average Incomes: 21,242nd
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 24th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 34th in the regionSafest: 40th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 50th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 52nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 58th in the regionBest Weather: 58th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 59th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 60th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 67th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 72nd in the regionMost Influential: 73rd in the regionMost Cultured: 74th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 80th in the regionLargest Governments: 81st in the regionNicest Citizens: 86th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 92nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 94th in the regionLargest Populations: 94th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 100th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 101st in the regionNudest: 106th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 112th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 145th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 146th in the region

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