by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 389thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 713thMost Devout: 758th
The Post-Holy Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship Communist Dictatorship
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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Xarstaria

Population5.802 billion

CapitalVigilantes Vestrvm
FaithYellowism

CurrencySilver Bar
AnimalOcean Sunfish

The Post-Holy Empire of Xarstaria is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, fear of technology, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.802 billion Xarstarians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vigilantes Vestrvm. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The strong Xarstarian economy, worth 886 trillion Silver Bars 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, extremely specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Uranium Mining. 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 impressive 152,756 Silver Bars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, and nudity is frowned upon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Xarstaria's national animal is the Ocean Sunfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Yellowism.

Xarstaria is ranked 45,251st in the world and 904th in the Rejected Realms for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 4,026.66 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Primitive: 389thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 713thMost Devout: 758thMost Ignorant Citizens: 912thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,036thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,102ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,158thLargest Black Market: 3,271stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,557thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,835thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,442ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,507thBest Weather: 5,640thMost Patriotic: 6,669thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,962ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,412thLowest Crime Rates: 8,052ndLargest Governments: 8,446thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,543rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,802ndMost Beautiful Environments: 8,995thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 15,386thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,343rdMost Authoritarian: 19,998thLongest Average Lifespans: 25,063rdMost Conservative: 25,251stHighest Economic Output: 27,115thMost Subsidized Industry: 28,900th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionMost Primitive: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 39th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 41st in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 86th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 87th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 104th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 105th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 110th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 139th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 154th in the regionBest Weather: 163rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 173rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 181st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 203rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 211th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 225th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 227th in the regionLargest Governments: 231st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 247th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 363rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 368th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 551st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 560th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 563rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 639th in the regionMost Conservative: 786th in the region

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