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Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
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The Centauri

Population35.276 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, pith helmet sales, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 35.276 billion Centauris 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, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Centaurian economy, worth an astonishing 32,121 trillion duckets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 910,587 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,675,617 per year while the poor average 62,417, a ratio of 90.9 to 1.

Citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and Centaurian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities.

The Centauri is ranked 152nd in the world and 9th in Wysteria for Smartest Citizens, with 339 Quips Per Hour.

Highest Disposable Incomes: 5thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thMost Armed: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Avoided: 11thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12thLargest Gambling Industry: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thFattest Citizens: 25thHighest Crime Rates: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 34thMost Scientifically Advanced: 43rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 52ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 54thLargest Mining Sector: 59thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 59thMost Cultured: 77thRudest Citizens: 91stLargest Populations: 99thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 100thLargest Agricultural Sector: 152ndSmartest Citizens: 152ndLargest Publishing Industry: 169thLargest Retail Industry: 204thMost Devout: 213thMost Rebellious Youth: 322ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 462ndMost Corrupt Governments: 462ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,145thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,649thLargest Governments: 3,394thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,573rdMost Influential: 5,815thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,324thMost Pro-Market: 7,834thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,395thHighest Drug Use: 10,564thNudest: 14,306th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the region

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