by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,849thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,946thMost Secular: 4,278th
The Entwined Providences of
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Population1.735 billion

CapitalVik Novum


The Entwined Providences of Zarbik is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Cameo with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, avant-garde cinema, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.735 billion Zarbikians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vik Novum. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 88.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Zarbikian economy, worth 263 trillion Atzzes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 151,929 Atzzes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 787,915 per year while the poor average 15,873, a ratio of 49.6 to 1.

The government is funding experimental battery technology while the power grid continues to crumble, art criticism in Zarbik is scathingly destructive, old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime, and 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zarbik's national animal is the Beaver, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is atheism.

Zarbik is ranked 102,944th in the world and 66th in Institute of Cellulose for Most Armed, with 0.34 Weapons Per Person.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,849thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,946thMost Secular: 4,278thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,709thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,421stLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,518thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,639thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,851stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,133rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,200thMost Developed: 8,225thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,761stMost Subsidized Industry: 9,936thLargest Governments: 10,306thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,329thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,911thMost Efficient Economies: 11,140thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,566thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,619thSmartest Citizens: 11,940thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,348thLowest Crime Rates: 13,672ndHighest Average Incomes: 13,772ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,468thMost Cultured: 18,143rdMost Influential: 19,272ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,127thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,599thLargest Retail Industry: 20,613thHealthiest Citizens: 21,376thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,896thMost Inclusive: 23,267th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the region

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