by Max Barry

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Category: Father Knows Best State
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Location: the Pacific



Population8.517 billion

Faiththe opium of the people


The COOPERATIVE of Vivien is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by GENERAL SECRETARY OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, aversion to nipples, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.517 billion PEOPLE are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of VIVIENGRAD. The average income tax rate is 39.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient PEOPLE economy, worth a remarkable 2,603 trillion REDFLAGS a year, is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 305,677 REDFLAGS, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Posters encourage people to "Just Do It!", midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency, the diplomatic corps stinks, and advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of GENERAL SECRETARY OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE's most personal functions. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Vivien's national animal is the RAT, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the opium of the people.

Vivien is ranked 44,840th in the world and 623rd in the Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 11thLargest Retail Industry: 19thHighest Crime Rates: 49thMost Armed: 90thFattest Citizens: 95thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 117thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 246thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 266thMost Devout: 275thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 295thMost Avoided: 313thMost Corrupt Governments: 415thMost Primitive: 538thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 574thLargest Black Market: 741stLargest Mining Sector: 766thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 943rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,131stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,177thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,193rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,271stMost Cultured: 1,346thHighest Average Incomes: 1,483rdTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,552ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,993rdRudest Citizens: 2,732ndHighest Economic Output: 4,065thMost Efficient Economies: 4,844thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,645thTop
Most Stationary: 8,626thMost Influential: 9,737thLargest Governments: 11,538thHighest Drug Use: 12,313th
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 36th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 40th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 41st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 43rd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 59th in the regionRudest Citizens: 60th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 76th in the regionMost Stationary: 85th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 136th in the regionLargest Populations: 152nd in the regionMost Influential: 160th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 285th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 348th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of GENERAL SECRETARY OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, the diplomatic corps stinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, posters encourage people to "Just Do It!".
  • : Vivien was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, research into 'designer babies' is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, to 'cut off family ties' is no longer just a phrase.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat.
  • : Following new legislation in Vivien, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.


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