by Max Barry

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The Pacific Coast Highway of Avakael

“Things are about to get a whole lot stranger...”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population23.361 billion


AnimalWhite Phoenix

The Pacific Coast Highway of Avakael is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Avakael with an iron fist, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, absence of drug laws, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 23.361 billion Avakaelians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Makkrathan. The average income tax rate is 56.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Avakaelian economy, worth a remarkable 3,268 trillion Halicarnassuses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 139,930 Halicarnassuses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in Avakael, the legislature keeps promising "more study" of corruption allegations against the parliamentary whip system, judges are rumored to find in favor of whoever bribes them the most, and sales of trenchcoats are on the rise. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Avakael's national animal is the White Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cruor.

Avakael is ranked 100,309th in the world and 4,244th in The East Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 42.82 Insults Per Minute.

Largest Black Market: 2,873rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,988thHighest Economic Output: 3,157thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,423rdFattest Citizens: 3,569thLargest Populations: 3,812thMost Influential: 5,354thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,061stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,176thLargest Insurance Industry: 7,518thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 8,487thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,947thHighest Drug Use: 11,668thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,684thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,532ndHighest Poor Incomes: 14,210thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,737thHighest Average Incomes: 15,051stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,474thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,531st
Largest Populations: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 45th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 51st in the regionFattest Citizens: 57th in the regionLargest Black Market: 59th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 61st in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 137th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 182nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 236th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 237th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 240th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 269th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 284th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 385th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 394th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 402nd in the regionMost Influential: 412th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 429th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 474th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 496th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 498th in the regionLargest Governments: 572nd in the regionMost Avoided: 582nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 596th in the regionSafest: 601st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 641st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 647th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 676th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 734th in the region

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