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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,457thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,554thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,665th
The Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Hail the Delequine! Hail Pacifica Orientalis!
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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TEP Information Center

Population2.194 billion

CurrencyLittle Marrabuk
AnimalHorse

The Republic of TEP Information Center is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.194 billion Informed TEP Citizens 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, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.7%.

The strong an Informed TEP Citizen economy, worth 134 trillion Little Marrabuks 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, Furniture Restoration, and Book Publishing. Average income is 61,406 Little Marrabuks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 379,327 per year while the poor average 4,307, a ratio of 88.1 to 1.

The examiners who examine examiners are being examined by examiners, drugs containing the compound "oleum de serpens" are being sold to cancer patients, calling dibs is an unalienable right, and panels from bankrupt rooftop solar companies are used as props for sci-fi B-movies. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. TEP Information Center's national animal is the Horse, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

TEP Information Center is ranked 11,414th in the world and 127th in The East Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 95.5 on the Rand Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,457thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,554thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,665thMost Pro-Market: 11,414thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,919thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,475thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,987thHighest Crime Rates: 16,005thFattest Citizens: 18,181st
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Most Pro-Market: 127th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 173rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 190th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 249th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 292nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 318th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 344th in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 458th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 524th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 827th in the regionMost Avoided: 832nd in the region

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