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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4,659thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,106thFattest Citizens: 15,461st
The Avant-Gardist States of
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Le Patron Konrad Svoboda
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Surrealist Patagonia

Population2.922 billion

CapitalPuerto Soleil
LeaderLe Patron Konrad Svoboda
FaithEsoteric Occultism


The Avant-Gardist States of Surrealist Patagonia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Le Patron Konrad Svoboda with an even hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 2.922 billion Futurists are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Puerto Soleil. The average income tax rate is 60.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Futurist economy, worth 174 trillion Schlattcoins 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 large, well-organized black market in Information Technology, Retail, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 59,856 Schlattcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines, foreign leaders with unpaid parking tickets are often refused entry, residential tower blocks are surrounded by warrens of concrete tunnels, and vehicular homicide by Futurist ambassadors is a leading cause of death throughout the world's capital cities. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Surrealist Patagonia's national animal is the Culpeo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Esoteric Occultism.

Surrealist Patagonia is ranked 136,227th in the world and 6th in The Union of Egoists for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 1,032.76 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 4,659thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,106thFattest Citizens: 15,461stMost Rebellious Youth: 16,638thMost Inclusive: 17,253rdLargest Retail Industry: 18,977thLargest Black Market: 20,760th

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