by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 1,084thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,135thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,121st
The First Level of
Moralistic Democracy
Level 1
Influence
Handshaker
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Below Average

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Pastaria

Population16.877 billion

CapitalEvil Tree

CurrencyGold
AnimalTwister

The First Level of Pastaria is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 16.877 billion Pastarians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Social Policy, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Evil Tree. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.2%.

The very strong Pastarian economy, worth 212 trillion Golds a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 12,615 Golds, with the richest citizens earning 7.8 times as much as the poorest.

Drugs containing the compound "oleum de serpens" are being sold to cancer patients, pregnant hitchhikers with signs requesting rides to "competent care" are a common sight on Pastarian roads, all screens are equal but some are more equal than others, and childhood friends of Leader are living it large abroad at the taxpayers' expense. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Pastaria's national animal is the Twister, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pastaria is ranked 10,612th in the world and 1st in Viking Europe for Most Armed, with 8.89 Weapons Per Person.

Top
1%
Highest Crime Rates: 1,084thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,135thTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,121stNudest: 4,579thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,935thMost Armed: 10,612thMost Avoided: 12,198thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 12,446thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,750thLargest Black Market: 24,093rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pastaria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Pastaria's influence in Viking Europe rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Pastaria's influence in Viking Europe fell from "Ambassador" to "Truckler".
  • : Following new legislation in Pastaria, childhood friends of Leader are living it large abroad at the taxpayers' expense.
  • : Following new legislation in Pastaria, all screens are equal but some are more equal than others.
  • : Following new legislation in Pastaria, pregnant hitchhikers with signs requesting rides to "competent care" are a common sight on Pastarian roads.
  • : Following new legislation in Pastaria, drugs containing the compound "oleum de serpens" are being sold to cancer patients.
  • : Following new legislation in Pastaria, toddler groups have taken over local libraries.
  • : Pastaria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Pastaria, the government raises tariffs on a weekly basis.

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