For those whose thought processes have mirrored Chaos', here's an interesting dimension to consider when deciding on a location to settle in. The Index purports to measure perceptions of corruption by "business people and country analysts" and rank the world's countries according to a scale of corruption. Presumably, less corrupt countries are better places to alight. (Note, for example that New Zealand is #1, while the US is #20; would've thought?)
Oh, and for more comparison info, check out this Wikipedia ranking of economic inequality among nations.