by Max Barry

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McMasterdonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 151
Most Influential: 199th Largest Black Market: 2,652nd Largest Publishing Industry: 2,926th
The Kianese Empire of
Mother Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
You have nothing to fear, if you have nothing to hide.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population14.481 billion

LeaderThe Queen Mother

AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Kianese Empire of McMasterdonia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Queen Mother with an iron fist, and remarkable for its digital currency, public floggings, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 14.481 billion McMasterdonians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Intelligentsia. The average income tax rate is 70.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming McMasterdonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,104 trillion Livres a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 145,360 Livres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade McMasterdonian Moonshine", conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here", and the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. McMasterdonia's national animal is the McMasterdonian Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

McMasterdonia is ranked 164,642nd in the world and 8,988th in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 35.23 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Influential: 199thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,652ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,926thHealthiest Citizens: 3,553rdMost Cultured: 3,860thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,248thHighest Economic Output: 5,570thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,036thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,494thBest Weather: 6,952ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,565thSmartest Citizens: 8,236thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,262ndTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,881stMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,765thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,135thLargest Populations: 10,182ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,681stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,793rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,369thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,935thMost Secular: 12,080thMost Developed: 13,071stHighest Average Incomes: 13,847thMost Inclusive: 15,435thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,840thLargest Governments: 16,478thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,961st
Most Influential: 53rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 86th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 129th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 131st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 148th in the regionMost Cultured: 186th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 201st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 291st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 292nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 316th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 355th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 355th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 366th in the regionBest Weather: 371st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 377th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 390th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 440th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 460th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 496th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 536th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 573rd in the regionMost Secular: 631st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 668th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 704th in the regionMost Developed: 762nd in the regionLargest Governments: 786th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 849th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 867th in the regionMost Inclusive: 896th in the region

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