by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thMost Patriotic: 74th
The Mysterious Black Hole of
Psychotic Dictatorship Communist Dictatorship
We have NOTHING to do with our 97% disappearance rate.
The High King of Roless
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population8.014 billion

LeaderThe High King of Roless

AnimalFunky badger

The Mysterious Black Hole of Roless is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The High King of Roless with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, avowedly heterosexual populace, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.014 billion Rolessians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atchta. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Rolessian economy, worth a remarkable 3,494 trillion Rezzats 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 an amazing 436,019 Rezzats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims, warfare increasingly resembles a video game, residents of newly dried out bays live in fear of leaky dikes, and billions of Rezzats are being blown on orbital weapons development. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Roless's national animal is the Funky badger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Funkyism.

Roless is ranked 112,898th in the world and 200th in Forest for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 2,644.89 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thMost Patriotic: 74thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 144thHighest Poor Incomes: 256thMost Corrupt Governments: 395thLargest Information Technology Sector: 482ndMost Armed: 544thLargest Black Market: 657thHighest Average Incomes: 666thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 828thMost Secular: 1,031stMost Influential: 1,094thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,010thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,180thLowest Crime Rates: 2,706thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,727thLargest Governments: 2,746thTop
Best Weather: 2,917thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,067thMost Conservative: 3,252ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,262ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,506thHighest Economic Output: 4,754thMost Developed: 5,768thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,037thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,075thSmartest Citizens: 7,282ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,506thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,674thHealthiest Citizens: 7,899thMost Authoritarian: 7,924thMost Efficient Economies: 8,993rdRudest Citizens: 10,273rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,799thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,743rdTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 15,065thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,146thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,168th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 34th in the region

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