If You're So Smart...
The Rich Nations Mystery
Which "Wood" You Choose?
Part 1
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Part 2
Part 2
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Part 3
Part 3

The Rich Nations Mystery - Part 1

What determines income?

It has just been announced that in the interest of world harmony, all students are required to move to another country. You must now choose your new homeland. Try to select a country or region that you think has a high standard of living. Look over these selections and make your choice, then go on to part two (click on a numbered button to choose):

Select a country/region
Population: 50,447,719

Area: 603,700 sq km

Natural resources: iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber

Population: 24,317,000

Area: 120,540 sq km

Natural resources: coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower

Population: 1,221,591,778

Area : 9,326,410 sq km

Natural resources: coal, iron ore, petroleum, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest)

Population: 6,547,189

Area: 1,092 sq km

Natural resources: outstanding deepwater harbor, feldspar

Population: 7,240,463

Area: 41,290 sq km

Natural resources: hydropower potential, timber, salt

Population: 45,948,811

Area: 98,480 sq km

Natural resources: coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower

Once you've thought about these questions, go on to Part 2.