by Max Barry

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 282ndMost Patriotic: 291stLargest Information Technology Sector: 516th
The Kingdom in Flames of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Sorrow shall baptize men
The Custodian
Chief Justice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Orange Creek

Population13.772 billion

LeaderThe Custodian
FaithChurch of Crymenathea


The Kingdom in Flames of Orange Creek is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Custodian with an iron fist, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, compulsory military service, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.772 billion Oranics 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 medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Casablanca. The average income tax rate is 99.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Oranic economy, worth a remarkable 4,405 trillion tremorions 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, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, 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. Average income is an amazing 319,879 tremorions, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel, and rumor has it that The Custodian has won three lotteries in a row. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Orange Creek's national animal is the owl, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church of Crymenathea.

Orange Creek is ranked 282nd in the world and 1st in Institute of Cellulose for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,334.57 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 282ndMost Patriotic: 291stLargest Information Technology Sector: 516thLowest Crime Rates: 722ndSmartest Citizens: 779thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,094thMost Developed: 1,121stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,148thMost Devout: 1,234thLargest Governments: 1,265thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,275thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,419thHealthiest Citizens: 1,456thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,568thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,621stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,694thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,784thHighest Average Incomes: 1,887thMost Cultured: 2,148thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,192ndTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,889thMost Efficient Economies: 3,286thHighest Economic Output: 3,302ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,875thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,076thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,523rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,815thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,601stLargest Black Market: 9,453rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,716thRudest Citizens: 9,965thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,659thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,928thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,061stTop
Highest Food Quality: 16,861stLargest Welfare Programs: 20,181stMost Authoritarian: 20,446thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,263rdLargest Populations: 23,648th
Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 18th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 19th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 20th in the region

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