by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 212thRudest Citizens: 1,626thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,123rd
The Sovereign Group of Companies of
Corporate Bordello Blood-Sucking Capitalist Leeches
Το δίκαιον ουκ άλλο τι ή του κρείττονος ξυμφέρον.
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Population688 million

CapitalThe Shareholders' City

Animalcorporate shark

The Sovereign Group of Companies of Glanst is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its vat-grown people, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 688 million Glanstonians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Shareholders' City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Glanstian economy, worth 118 trillion Atoms a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 171,977 Atoms, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 490,281 per year while the poor average 48,104, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

Pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects, the flight attendant who draws the short straw is on "cockpit bucket duty", Leader has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves, and the inside lane of every highway is for parked vehicles only. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Glanst's national animal is the corporate shark, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Glanst is ranked 197,009th in the world and 8,791st in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 39.73 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 212thRudest Citizens: 1,626thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,123rdMost Armed: 2,197thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,139thFattest Citizens: 3,275thMost Avoided: 3,491stLargest Retail Industry: 3,787thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,237thMost Influential: 6,288thMost Efficient Economies: 6,447thHighest Crime Rates: 6,715thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,794thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,806thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,751stMost Rebellious Youth: 8,990thLargest Mining Sector: 9,154thHighest Average Incomes: 9,431stMost Secular: 9,932ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,024thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 10,371stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,130thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,488thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,665thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,605thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,855thSmartest Citizens: 13,931stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,883rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,293rdMost Inclusive: 19,964th
Most Armed: 70th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 84th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 101st in the regionFattest Citizens: 110th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 111th in the regionMost Avoided: 117th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 165th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 196th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 212th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 219th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 249th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 260th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 333rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 333rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 357th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 405th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 440th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 460th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 495th in the regionMost Secular: 537th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 552nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 574th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 574th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 589th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 645th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 684th in the regionLargest Black Market: 693rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 734th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 750th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 760th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 771st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 772nd in the region

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