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Population18.667 billion

CapitalWashington DC
LeaderPresident Joseph R Biden
FaithProtestant Christianity

CurrencyUnited States Dollar $
AnimalBald Eagle

The United States of Paramountica is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Joseph R Biden with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, aversion to nipples, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 18.667 billion Paramericans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Washington DC. The average income tax rate is 6.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Paramerican economy, worth a remarkable 8,099 trillion United States Dollar $s a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 433,867 United States Dollar $s, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, and airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Paramountica's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Protestant Christianity.

Paramountica is ranked 219,338th in the world and 146th in Commonwealth of Liberty for Highest Food Quality, scoring 6.14 on the Meeshlin-Starr Index.

Most Influential: 125thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 221stMost Scientifically Advanced: 236thHighest Disposable Incomes: 241stMost Efficient Economies: 289thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 318thHighest Poor Incomes: 322ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 514thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 533rdHighest Average Incomes: 581stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 659thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 666thLargest Insurance Industry: 716thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 792ndHighest Economic Output: 806thLargest Information Technology Sector: 925thSmartest Citizens: 939thFattest Citizens: 959thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,072ndMost Secular: 1,296thMost Avoided: 1,397thLargest Mining Sector: 1,720thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,800thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,065thLargest Retail Industry: 2,224thRudest Citizens: 2,295thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2,339thLargest Governments: 2,347thMost Patriotic: 2,827thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,464thMost Developed: 3,499thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,534thLargest Black Market: 4,219thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,847thLowest Crime Rates: 5,040thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,090thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,614thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,951stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,509thLargest Populations: 9,632ndMost Stationary: 10,076thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 11,505thNudest: 11,730thMost Inclusive: 13,263rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,721stMost Politically Free: 19,016thMost Cultured: 20,759th
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the region

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