by Max Barry

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Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the Rejected Realms


Upper West Northern Schneddick

Population5.148 billion

LeaderJethro Q Walrustitty

Animalbewildering cobra

The Ludicrously Successful State of Upper West Northern Schneddick is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Jethro Q Walrustitty with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory gun ownership. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.148 billion Upper West Northern Schneddicks 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 medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Industry, and Defense are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cobratown. The average income tax rate is 71.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Upper West Northern Schneddick economy, worth 638 trillion smackeroos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 123,944 smackeroos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework, politicians are fired for opening subjective statements with "I believe", there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services, and feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Upper West Northern Schneddick's national animal is the bewildering cobra, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Upper West Northern Schneddick is ranked 12,737th in the world and 296th in the Rejected Realms for Most Cultured, scoring 99 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,766thMost Influential: 3,264thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,669thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,996thMost Inclusive: 7,065thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,367thMost Developed: 7,932ndTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 8,618thSmartest Citizens: 9,242ndLargest Publishing Industry: 9,624thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,416thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,610thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,772ndNicest Citizens: 10,988thBest Weather: 11,013thMost Secular: 11,213thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,357thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,389thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,651stMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,724thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,243rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,303rdMost Cultured: 12,737thHealthiest Citizens: 12,936thMost Armed: 16,268thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,938th
Most Influential: 26th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 26th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 88th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 145th in the regionMost Inclusive: 159th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 176th in the regionMost Developed: 187th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 197th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 199th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 217th in the regionNicest Citizens: 227th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 231st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 233rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 234th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 251st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 255th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 256th in the regionBest Weather: 266th in the regionMost Secular: 268th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 280th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 291st in the regionMost Cultured: 296th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 298th in the regionMost Stationary: 347th in the regionMost Income Equality: 363rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 385th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 407th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 422nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 425th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 432nd in the regionLargest Governments: 438th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 442nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 467th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 479th in the region

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