by Max Barry

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Largest Populations: 4,135thMost Income Equality: 13,154thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,232nd
The Queen's State of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
Peaceful Easy Feeling
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Population23.6 billion


The Queen's State of Glenmeadow is a gargantuan, orderly nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, complete lack of prisons, and state-planned economy. The cynical population of 23.6 billion Glenmeadowians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 77.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Glenmeadowian economy, worth 493 trillion betales 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Basket Weaving, Cheese Exports, and Soda Sales. 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 20,906 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elections have been outlawed, nudity is frowned upon, deers are considered a delicacy, and the government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Glenmeadow's national animal is the deer, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Glenmeadow is ranked 196,060th in the world and 7th in Mongolia for Most Pro-Market, scoring -91 on the Rand Index.

Largest Populations: 4,135thTop
Most Income Equality: 13,154thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,232ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,140thMost Authoritarian: 17,498th

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