by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5,228thMost Authoritarian: 6,638thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,711th
The National Monarchist State of
Psychotic Dictatorship
For Moramia, for Cermier!
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population542 million



The National Monarchist State of Cermiersia is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its lack of airports, strictly enforced bedtime, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 542 million Cermiersians 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, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mariline. The average income tax rate is 91.2%.

The strong Cermiersian economy, worth 49.6 trillion Falktikes 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, highly specialized black market in 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 91,477 Falktikes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

The song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Cermiersia' is a smash hit, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers, soldiers are equipped with multi-million Falktike battlesuits, and the military has forsaken terrestrial warfare. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cermiersia's national animal is the Cenus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cermiersia is ranked 19,126th in the world and 466th in the Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 7,498.4 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5,228thMost Authoritarian: 6,638thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,711thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,984thMost Conservative: 8,437thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,201stMost Corrupt Governments: 9,486thLowest Crime Rates: 9,854thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,236thTop
Best Weather: 12,185thLargest Governments: 12,622ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,608thHealthiest Citizens: 15,222ndMost Beautiful Environments: 15,499thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,801stLongest Average Lifespans: 16,741stMost Advanced Public Education: 19,126thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,127thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,310thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,383rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,821stMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,314thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,021stSmartest Citizens: 23,668th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 123rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 160th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 193rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 204th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 228th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 260th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 270th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 289th in the regionBest Weather: 298th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 306th in the regionLargest Governments: 316th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 350th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 373rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 385th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 412th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 433rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 449th in the regionMost Extreme: 455th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 455th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 466th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 489th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 505th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 538th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 539th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 563rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 584th in the regionLargest Black Market: 615th in the region

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