by Max Barry

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The United Federation of Manica

“A Deo rex, a rege lex”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population3.096 billion

LeaderKing Apollo I


The United Federation of Manica is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Apollo I with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and public floggings. The democratic population of 3.096 billion Manicans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Athens. The average income tax rate is 77.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Manican economy, worth 287 trillion Dollars 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 led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is 92,874 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Athens, neon signs promoting safe driving often distract drivers, the comic book series 'King Apollo I and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller, and if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Manican satellites can detect it. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Manica's national animal is the Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Manica is ranked 179,837th in the world and 6,909th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring -75.75 on the Rand Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,048thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,604thBest Weather: 5,027thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,847thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,966thSafest: 8,068thHealthiest Citizens: 8,458thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,882ndMost Influential: 9,608thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 10,572ndMost Beautiful Environments: 10,594thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,541stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,617thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,085thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,790thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,948thMost Developed: 14,473rdMost Cultured: 15,198thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,964thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,552ndLowest Crime Rates: 16,794thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,085thNicest Citizens: 19,749thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,039thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,333rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 165th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 198th in the regionMost Influential: 238th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 239th in the regionBest Weather: 260th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 398th in the regionSafest: 438th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 471st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 524th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 572nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 597th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 655th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 682nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 686th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 718th in the region

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