by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,272ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,357thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,529th
The Mighty War Machine of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
Cogito ergo sum
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population23.4 billion

CapitalShanty Town
LeaderMr Harp


The Mighty War Machine of Harperians is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Mr Harp with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 23.4 billion Harpers have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shanty Town. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Harper economy, worth a remarkable 3,095 trillion Harperers a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 132,278 Harperers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Fashion Channel can only be viewed on widescreen TVs, saying "don't do anything that Mr Harp wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, and adverts depict men giving birth while cursing the women who got them into trouble. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Harperians's national animal is the Guitaroo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Diddlydonk.

Harperians is ranked 7,706th in the world and 165th in 10000 Islands for Best Weather, with 248 Meters Of Sunlight.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,272ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 3,357thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,529thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,888thMost Influential: 4,123rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,182ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,414thHighest Economic Output: 4,572ndLargest Populations: 5,047thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,109thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,256thLargest Governments: 5,838thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,085thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,570thMost Devout: 7,048thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,329thBest Weather: 7,706thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,366thLargest Mining Sector: 10,467thMost Developed: 11,323rdHighest Poor Incomes: 11,912thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,962ndTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,385thSmartest Citizens: 13,149thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,807thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,733rdHighest Average Incomes: 19,006thSafest: 23,137thHealthiest Citizens: 24,291stMost Scientifically Advanced: 24,464th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 40th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 47th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 48th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 50th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 55th in the regionMost Average: 59th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 67th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 69th in the regionMost Devout: 77th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 77th in the regionLargest Governments: 84th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 88th in the region

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