by Max Barry

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Most Conservative: 1,424th Most Authoritarian: 4,001st Most Extreme: 9,134th
The Totally Unsafe Battlegrounds of
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The Pendulum Wars

Population1.348 billion


Currencywar coin

The Totally Unsafe Battlegrounds of The Pendulum Wars is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Everybody with an iron fist, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.348 billion casualties 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 enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Front. The average income tax rate is 72.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped war economy, worth 44.6 trillion war coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Woodchip Exports, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. 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 33,115 war coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, Everybody has just been declared ruler of The Pendulum Wars in an international press conference, the world outside is only known of in folklore, and War has been named as The Pendulum Wars's national religion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Pendulum Wars's national animal is the leopard, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is War.

The Pendulum Wars is ranked 131,179th in the world and 7,065th in The North Pacific for Nicest Citizens, with 3.13 Average Smiles Per Day.

Most Conservative: 1,424thTop
Most Authoritarian: 4,001stTop
Most Extreme: 9,134thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,091stMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,999thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,638th
Most Conservative: 95th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 216th in the regionMost Extreme: 355th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 383rd in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 605th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 781st in the region

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