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Largest Retail Industry: 14thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 34thMost Corrupt Governments: 54th
The Dominion of
Corporate Police State
Unity, Discipline, Work
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Greater Somewhere

Population8.911 billion

CapitalCitadel Somewhere

Currencyguilder
Animalgoat

The Dominion of Greater Somewhere is a colossal, efficient nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, vat-grown people, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 8.911 billion Greater Somewhereans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Citadel Somewhere. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Greater Somewherean economy, worth a remarkable 4,386 trillion guilders a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 492,210 guilders, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,605,842 per year while the poor average 4,484, a ratio of 1,027 to 1.

Promising seven years of bad luck leads to seven years of community service, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories, the government spends twice as much reclaiming lost settlements from the sea as it could've on coastal defences, and psychological disorders are a taboo subject. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Greater Somewhere's national animal is the goat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Greater Somewhere is ranked 245,424th in the world and 5,640th in the West Pacific for Best Weather, with -3566 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Largest Retail Industry: 14thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 34thMost Corrupt Governments: 54thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 56thFattest Citizens: 86thMost Avoided: 94thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 100thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 108thHighest Disposable Incomes: 119thMost Efficient Economies: 162ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 167thMost Secular: 252ndLargest Gambling Industry: 278thLargest Insurance Industry: 299thRudest Citizens: 328thHighest Average Incomes: 336thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 391stLargest Mining Sector: 412thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 419thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 570thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 637thMost Armed: 674thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 740thLargest Agricultural Sector: 834thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,104thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,373rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,403rdLargest Governments: 1,650thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,742ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,957thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,127thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,163rdTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,582ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,227thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,739thMost Stationary: 12,175thTop
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Most Influential: 14,920thLowest Crime Rates: 14,936thLargest Black Market: 15,252ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,020thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19,069th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 26th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 31st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 34th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 46th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 54th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 103rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 113th in the regionMost Stationary: 171st in the regionLargest Black Market: 195th in the regionLargest Populations: 274th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 311th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 330th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 413th in the regionMost Influential: 491st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 526th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, psychological disorders are a taboo subject.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, the government spends twice as much reclaiming lost settlements from the sea as it could've on coastal defences.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, promising seven years of bad luck leads to seven years of community service.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, royals are always ready with their diamond-encrusted toilet plungers in case a royal flush doesn't work.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, the military has declared that 'a woman's place is in the mess hall'.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, foreign governments regularly accuse the Greater Somewherean military of war crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Somewhere, death row is annually emptied to feed the nation's hunger for televised murder-games.

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