by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,715thMost Armed: 3,384thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,994th
The Entwined Providences of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
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Civil Rights
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Population1.742 billion

CapitalVik Novum


The Entwined Providences of Zarbik is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Cameo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, frequent executions, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.742 billion Zarbikians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vik Novum. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 88.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Zarbikian economy, worth 265 trillion Atzzes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 152,262 Atzzes, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 808,443 per year while the poor average 15,150, a ratio of 53.4 to 1.

Playing an online nation simulation game legally obliges you to buy the creator's latest novel, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, and gun ownership is compulsory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zarbik's national animal is the Beaver, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is atheism.

Zarbik is ranked 8,779th in the world and 7th in Institute of Cellulose for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 58.14 Whatever.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,715thMost Armed: 3,384thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,994thMost Secular: 4,269thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,685thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,616thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,664thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,975thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,229thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,129thMost Developed: 8,258thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,479thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,779thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,783rdLargest Governments: 10,260thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,476thMost Efficient Economies: 10,603rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,868thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,138thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,916thSmartest Citizens: 12,014thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,766thHighest Average Incomes: 13,704thLowest Crime Rates: 13,785thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,807thMost Conservative: 16,612thMost Cultured: 18,141stLargest Retail Industry: 19,196thMost Influential: 19,751stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,110thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,639thHealthiest Citizens: 21,933rdLongest Average Lifespans: 22,362ndMost Inclusive: 22,421st
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Conservative: 14th in the region

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