by Max Barry

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Population9.171 billion



The People of Stoskavanya is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Socius with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 9.171 billion Stoskavanyans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lesrenadi. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Stoskavanyan economy, worth a remarkable 1,175 trillion Tributes a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, extremely specialized black market in Cheese Exports and Gambling. 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 an impressive 128,173 Tributes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove', prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, and six-year-old children playing dress-up are viewed with suspicion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stoskavanya's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Stoskavanya is ranked 119,853rd in the world and 6,290th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 15.95 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 401stMost Advanced Public Transport: 650thLargest Welfare Programs: 700thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,246thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,524thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,974thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,410thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,726thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,407thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,453rdLargest Governments: 3,547thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,353rdLongest Average Lifespans: 5,167thBest Weather: 5,361stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,456thMost Developed: 5,547thMost Cultured: 6,720thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,786thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,847thLargest Black Market: 8,431stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,433rdLowest Crime Rates: 8,884thHealthiest Citizens: 9,393rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,863rdTop
Smartest Citizens: 12,986thHighest Economic Output: 14,103rdMost Inclusive: 17,738thMost Influential: 19,270thHighest Average Incomes: 19,376thMost Efficient Economies: 19,926th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 62nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 63rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 98th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 108th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 121st in the regionLargest Governments: 177th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 179th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 240th in the regionBest Weather: 295th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 302nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 307th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 317th in the regionLargest Black Market: 318th in the regionMost Cultured: 322nd in the regionMost Developed: 330th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 353rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 372nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 435th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 439th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 509th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 512th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 514th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 689th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 900th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 932nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 990th in the region

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