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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 412thHighest Crime Rates: 637thLargest Gambling Industry: 685th
The 26 of
Compulsory Consumerist State
The East Pacific
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Population18.893 billion

CapitalRiemstagrad
LeaderBert d'Holomeus de Riemstagrad
FaithHeavy Metal

Currency26
Animal26

The 26 of -------------------------- is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Bert d'Holomeus de Riemstagrad with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, complete lack of prisons, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 18.893 billion Tsjk are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Defense, Education, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riemstagrad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Tsjk economy, worth a remarkable 4,205 trillion 26s a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 222,588 26s, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 717,071 per year while the poor average 52,294, a ratio of 13.7 to 1.

Exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money, political candidates recite daily pledges of loyalty to their chosen party, and crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. --------------------------'s national animal is the 26, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Heavy Metal.

-------------------------- is ranked 28,646th in the world and 950th in The East Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 4,506.28 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 412thHighest Crime Rates: 637thLargest Gambling Industry: 685thMost Armed: 825thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,061stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,262ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,360thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,478thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,504thFattest Citizens: 1,613thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,622ndMost Avoided: 1,866thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,127thHighest Economic Output: 2,447thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,728thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,237thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,108thMost Efficient Economies: 4,431stLargest Mining Sector: 4,446thHighest Average Incomes: 4,676thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,207thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,498thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,049thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,725thLargest Populations: 7,393rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,811thRudest Citizens: 8,058thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,942ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,292ndTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 14,053rdLargest Black Market: 15,452ndMost Pro-Market: 15,761stMost Subsidized Industry: 16,415thSmartest Citizens: 16,695th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 14th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 16th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 23rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 27th in the regionFattest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Avoided: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 33rd in the regionLargest Populations: 55th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 57th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 58th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 97th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 102nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 103rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 104th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 108th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 143rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 152nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 157th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 187th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 217th in the regionRudest Citizens: 226th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 262nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 299th in the regionLargest Black Market: 374th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 387th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 415th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 437th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 439th in the regionNudest: 583rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 814th in the region

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