by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,742ndMost Influential: 3,362ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,543rd
The Federal Republic of
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Population7.112 billion


The Federal Republic of Slonful is a colossal, cultured nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed population of 7.112 billion Slonfulians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 82.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Slonfulian economy, worth 552 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 77,690 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges, anti-government web sites are springing up, it is rumoured that Leader uses a magic 8-ball to make policy decisions, and NPCs in MMORPGs regularly interrupt cutscenes with OOC reminders that they aren't real people. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Slonful's national animal is the penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Slonful is ranked 36,608th in the world and 552nd in The East Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 552 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,742ndMost Influential: 3,362ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,543rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,932ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,279thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,684thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,781stTop
Best Weather: 12,785thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,395thHealthiest Citizens: 13,817thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,887thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,476thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,496thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,179thMost Stationary: 16,389thLowest Crime Rates: 17,062ndMost Subsidized Industry: 18,261stMost Developed: 18,263rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,572ndMost Inclusive: 19,046thSmartest Citizens: 21,117th
Largest Publishing Industry: 175th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 184th in the regionMost Influential: 209th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 230th in the regionMost Stationary: 234th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 234th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 346th in the regionLargest Populations: 358th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 370th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 389th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 397th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 406th in the regionBest Weather: 410th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 421st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 454th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 480th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 500th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 539th in the regionMost Developed: 543rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 552nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 574th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 599th in the regionMost Inclusive: 641st in the regionLargest Governments: 701st in the regionMost Cultured: 782nd in the region

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