by Max Barry

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The Emirate of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
The Jewel of Ivorica!
Civil Rights
Very Good
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Population505 million

CurrencyIvorican Dollar

The Emirate of Ulmatia is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, democratic population of 505 million Ivoricans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 29.6%.

The Ulmatian economy, worth 21.8 trillion Ivorican Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Basket Weaving, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 43,193 Ivorican Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

The Ulmatia Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', eight-year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement, only Leader's friends count in the eyes of the government, and mothers are routinely abandoning their children in the name of women's rights. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ulmatia's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Ulmatia is ranked 126,306th in the world and 49th in Lezra for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 51.56 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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