by Max Barry

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The Merchant Federation of Durius

“Time is Money”

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: 10000 Islands



Population6.786 billion

CapitalGrand City of Durius
LeaderSerene Doge


The Merchant Federation of Durius is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Serene Doge with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 6.786 billion Duriusians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The relatively small, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand City of Durius. The average income tax rate is 31.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Duriusian economy, worth a remarkable 1,228 trillion Hours a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 181,020 Hours, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens are expected to be armed at all times, citizens must pay to enjoy Durius's pristine beaches, auditors are gutting every governmental department, and motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Durius's national animal is the Magpie, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Durius is ranked 4,054th in the world and 63rd in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 19,508.17 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Rudest Citizens: 1,738thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,380thMost Inclusive: 2,603rdTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,794thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,903rdHighest Food Quality: 3,032ndMost Cultured: 3,177thHighest Crime Rates: 3,305thLargest Retail Industry: 3,481stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,893rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,941stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,054thSmartest Citizens: 4,995thNicest Citizens: 5,026thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,104thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,343rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,456thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,040thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,503rdMost Developed: 8,539thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,729thHighest Average Incomes: 9,889thMost Influential: 10,294thNudest: 11,113thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,316thMost Armed: 12,432ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 16,009thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,117thMost Efficient Economies: 16,380thHighest Economic Output: 17,220thMost Secular: 18,453rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,680thLeast Corrupt Governments: 24,339thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26,070thLargest Governments: 26,411th
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 33rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 34th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 44th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 46th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 57th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 60th in the regionMost Inclusive: 60th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 61st in the regionMost Cultured: 62nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 62nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 63rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 63rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 68th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 80th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 83rd in the regionNudest: 83rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 93rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 101st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 103rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 107th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 108th in the regionMost Armed: 110th in the regionMost Extreme: 114th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 136th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 138th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Durius, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Durius, auditors are gutting every governmental department.
  • : Following new legislation in Durius, citizens must pay to enjoy Durius's pristine beaches.
  • : Durius endorsed The Island Imperium of Markanite.
  • : Following new legislation in Durius, citizens are expected to be armed at all times.
  • : Following new legislation in Durius, if there's something strange in your neighborhood you call Brancaland.
  • : Following new legislation in Durius, all streets are privately owned toll roads.
  • : Durius was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Durius, Super Barry Brothers is the most popular video game in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Durius, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.