by Max Barry

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The Republic of Aranan

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Balder



Population4.234 billion

CapitalThe Home Of Aranan
LeaderThe Collective Of Aranan


The Republic of Aranan is a massive, genial nation, ruled by The Collective Of Aranan with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, free-roaming dinosaurs, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.234 billion Arananians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Home Of Aranan. The average income tax rate is 81.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Arananian economy, worth 381 trillion pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 90,118 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub, and jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aranan's national animal is the parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Secularism.

Aranan is ranked 124,358th in the world and 3,910th in Balder for Rudest Citizens, with 46.38 Insults Per Minute.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,504thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,219thMost Inclusive: 8,399thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,603rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,326thNicest Citizens: 9,726thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,842ndSmartest Citizens: 10,897thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,028thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,980thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,501stLowest Crime Rates: 13,552ndHealthiest Citizens: 13,651stSafest: 14,456thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,973rdMost Income Equality: 15,700thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,979thLargest Governments: 16,921stHighest Poor Incomes: 17,020thMost Secular: 17,062ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,195thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,417thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,802ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,428th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 201st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 321st in the regionMost Inclusive: 373rd in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 431st in the regionMost Income Equality: 433rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 434th in the regionNicest Citizens: 460th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 540th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 621st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 621st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 703rd in the regionSafest: 714th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 730th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 746th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 747th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aranan's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Aranan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens and Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Aranan's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Aranan's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Aranan, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Aranan, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub.
  • : Aranan was refounded in Balder.
  • : Aranan ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : Aranan's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Aranan's influence in Osiris fell from "Newcomer" to "Hatchling".


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