by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 2,316thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,822ndMost Devout: 5,271st
The Whispering Trees of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
The Earth was Paradise before Humans
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Political Freedom

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Population21.872 billion

FaithThe Call of the Wild


The Whispering Trees of Murmuria is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.872 billion Murmurians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Spirituality, and Education. The average income tax rate is 29.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Murmurian economy, worth 834 trillion Acorns a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Tourism. 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 38,164 Acorns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Citizen radio operators agree that the certification test can open up a world of hertz, unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Murmuria City make great practice for foreign snipers, it's best to decline if Leader offers to buy a round of drinks, and monks aren't the only ones who take vows of silence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Murmuria's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Call of the Wild.

Murmuria is ranked 22,857th in the world and 126th in Forest for Highest Economic Output, with 834 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Primitive: 2,316thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,822ndMost Devout: 5,271stLargest Populations: 6,113thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,396thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,584thMost Influential: 7,239thLargest Black Market: 7,491stTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 11,998thMost Authoritarian: 17,904thLargest Welfare Programs: 21,433rdMost Pacifist: 22,066thHighest Economic Output: 22,857thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,710th
Largest Populations: 14th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 23rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29th in the regionLargest Black Market: 30th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 30th in the regionMost Primitive: 32nd in the regionMost Devout: 37th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 39th in the regionMost Conservative: 44th in the region

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