“The King of Nodland and His Dwarf,” Fitz-James O’Brien, 1852 – The citizens of Nodland are too lazy to till their own fields, preferring sleep–which is a national pasttime. They enslave the nearby Cock-Crow Indians. The kingdom prospers until the king’s spending depletes the treasury, forcing him to impose a tax on sleep.
Comments: “Fitz’s most Swiftian satire with jibes at slavery which was still practiced in the southern United States, and at the political structure of England.” (Amanda Salmonson, The Supernatural Tales of Fitz-James O’Brien: Volume Two, Dream Stories and Fantasies).
Author: Wikipedia: “Fitz James O’Brien (also spelled Fitz-James; December 31, 1828 – April 6, 1862) was an Irish-born American writer.”