by Max Barry

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Largest Populations: 4,253rd Most Income Equality: 10,653rd Most Authoritarian: 14,658th
The Queen's State of
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Peaceful Easy Feeling
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Population21.965 billion


The Queen's State of Glenmeadow is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical population of 21.965 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 77.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Glenmeadowian economy, worth 462 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 21,050 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 112,500th in the world and 5th in Mongolia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring zero on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Populations: 4,253rdTop
Most Income Equality: 10,653rdMost Authoritarian: 14,658thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,843rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,320th

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