by Max Barry

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Fattest Citizens: 7,995thMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,179thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,154th
The Incorporated States of
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The Nation above all
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Population8 million

AnimalMarsh Crawlers

The Incorporated States of Vrakenalk is a tiny, efficient nation, notable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 8 million Vrakenalkites 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 tiny, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.8%.

The thriving Vrakenalkite economy, worth 538 billion Kroner a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 67,372 Kroner, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 329,683 per year while the poor average 7,900, a ratio of 41.7 to 1.

The country is littered with broken homes, Vrakenalkites believe the only thing that will make you happy is being unhappy with who you are, the police are destroying all photographic evidence of their own existence, and the government is often referred to as "the biggest drug dealer in the nation". Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Vrakenalk's national animal is the Marsh Crawlers, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Vrakenalk is ranked 227,853rd in the world and 7,200th in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 2.40 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Fattest Citizens: 7,995thMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,179thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 13,154thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,961stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,901stMost Avoided: 17,293rdLargest Gambling Industry: 18,272ndHighest Crime Rates: 19,640thMost Pro-Market: 20,163rdMost Armed: 21,360thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,425thMost Conservative: 21,683rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22,695thHighest Disposable Incomes: 23,044th
Fattest Citizens: 216th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 298th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 320th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 331st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 373rd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 458th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 474th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 518th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 560th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 573rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 580th in the regionMost Avoided: 609th in the regionMost Extreme: 631st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 728th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 820th in the region

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