by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,445thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,572ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,053rd
The Armed Republic of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Shamed Into A Better Tomorrow
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population794 million



The Armed Republic of Volkskam is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, prohibition of alcohol, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 794 million Volkskamians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Verecundia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 69.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Volkskamian economy, worth 75.1 trillion Handshakes a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Information Technology. Average income is 94,626 Handshakes, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 541,996 per year while the poor average 7,971, a ratio of 68.0 to 1.

Wanting a better life for your child is prohibited by a clause in the criminal code, the justice of Volkskam is considered superior to that of other nations, public executions just aren't the cheery spectacles they once were, and exploding toys that leak battery acid are back in the shops after the government declared child safety 'over-rated'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Volkskam's national animal is the Tiger, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Volkskam is ranked 200,401st in the world and 1,149th in Europeia for Least Corrupt Governments, with 52.64 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,445thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,572ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,053rdMost Influential: 4,849thMost Conservative: 4,900thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,705thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,134thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,455thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,944thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,542ndMost Devout: 14,066thLowest Crime Rates: 14,409thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,493rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,499thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,637th
Most Conservative: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 37th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 47th in the regionMost Extreme: 52nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionTop
Most Pro-Market: 94th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 95th in the regionMost Devout: 100th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 107th in the region

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