by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 41stMost Primitive: 174thMost Ignorant Citizens: 221st
The Burning Eye of
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Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou pluckest
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The Marsupial Illuminati

Population7.795 billion

LeaderThe Eye of Providence


The Burning Eye of The Marsupial Illuminati is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Eye of Providence with a fair hand, and remarkable for its closed borders, infamous sell-swords, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 7.795 billion Marsupials enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marsupium. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Marsupial economy, worth 772 trillion Pouches a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 99,099 Pouches, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

Epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent, cholera is seen as the holiest of diseases, the nation is a world leader in martyrs per capita, and the military is plagued with unethical researchers. Crime is a major problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. The Marsupial Illuminati's national animal is the Marsupial, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pouchism.

The Marsupial Illuminati is ranked 144,164th in the world and 2nd in Sodom and Gomorrah for Most Average, scoring 26.28 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 41stMost Primitive: 174thMost Ignorant Citizens: 221stMost Devout: 315thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 654thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,569thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,785thLargest Black Market: 1,954thRudest Citizens: 2,597thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,667thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,323rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,792ndMost Avoided: 4,618thNudest: 4,768thHighest Crime Rates: 6,527thMost Conservative: 6,568thBest Weather: 7,959thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,645thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 16,170th

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