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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,230thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,357thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,451st
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Northern Itasca

Population12.727 billion

CapitalImperial City
LeaderEmperor Desborough

CurrencyBitcoin
AnimalBear

The Imperial Republic of Northern Itasca is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Desborough with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 12.727 billion Imperials hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal government prioritizes Defense, although Education and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial City. The average income tax rate is 1.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Itascan economy, worth a remarkable 2,130 trillion Bitcoins 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 Retail. Average income is an impressive 167,362 Bitcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Bitcoin charge on their phone bill, public enemies often walk home with spotless garments and crime records, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace', and enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Northern Itasca's national animal is the Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Northern Itasca is ranked 84,861st in the world and 194th in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,214.25 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,230thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,357thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,451stFattest Citizens: 1,567thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,969thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,465thHighest Crime Rates: 2,600thRudest Citizens: 4,107thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,360thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,789thMost Avoided: 6,061stLargest Retail Industry: 6,512thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,641stHighest Economic Output: 6,861stMost Armed: 7,012thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,226thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,467thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,147thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,331stLargest Insurance Industry: 9,438thHighest Average Incomes: 10,119thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,432ndMost Influential: 11,112thMost Efficient Economies: 11,463rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,891stSmartest Citizens: 15,674thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,694thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,902ndLargest Black Market: 16,320thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,132ndLargest Populations: 19,136thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,447th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 28th in the regionFattest Citizens: 31st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the region

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Endorsements Received: 5 » Sheepcote, Octal, UNDelegate, Zenzibar, and Republica JIM.

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