by Max Barry

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The Dispatch Office of FNR

“Freedom Prevails!” Citizen Council

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The Free Nations Region



Population6.569 billion

CapitalCrystal Lake
LeaderCitizen Council


The Dispatch Office of FNR is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Citizen Council with a fair hand, and notable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The democratic population of 6.569 billion FNRians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Crystal Lake. The average income tax rate is 29.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient FNRian economy, worth 358 trillion Crystals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is 54,603 Crystals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", the industries of FNR are coughing all the way to the bank, hairdressers are among those who have disappeared overnight, and there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. FNR's national animal is the progression.

FNR is ranked 26,489th in the world and 169th in The Free Nations Region for Most Influential, scoring 1,201 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,037thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 15,060thMost Politically Free: 15,371st
Most Politically Free: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 12th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 26th in the regionLargest Populations: 34th in the region

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