by Max Barry

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The Shipwreck of USS Monitor

“Freedom Forever”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: North Carolina


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USS Monitor

Population11.075 billion

LeaderLt John L Worden

Animalpowder monkey

The Shipwreck of USS Monitor is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Lt John L Worden with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, devout population of 11.075 billion crewmen have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while International Aid and Social Policy are ignored. The average income tax rate is 6.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Monitorian economy, worth 508 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Trout Farming. Average income is 45,873 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, the government prefers to kill off its enemies by peaceful means, heavily subsidised Monitorian baskets litter the streets of North Carolina, and anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. USS Monitor's national animal is the powder monkey.

USS Monitor is ranked 103,432nd in the world and 13th in North Carolina for Most Politically Free, scoring 57.33 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,024thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,067thMost Influential: 15,642ndMost Stationary: 17,099th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
Most Average: 2nd in the region

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