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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thLowest 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

Population42.252 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, pith helmet sales, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 42.252 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 38,968 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 922,293 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,639,923 per year while the poor average 8,281, a ratio of 1,043 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 275th in the world and 1st in Babylon 5 for Smartest Citizens, with 339.11 quips per hour.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thHighest Economic Output: 9thMost Armed: 14thLargest Gambling Industry: 18thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21stHighest Average Incomes: 22ndLargest Insurance Industry: 26thMost Avoided: 30thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31stMost Efficient Economies: 36thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37thHighest Crime Rates: 39thFattest Citizens: 40thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 51stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 54thLargest Agricultural Sector: 60thLargest Mining Sector: 67thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 69thLargest Populations: 87thMost Scientifically Advanced: 101stMost Cultured: 148thLargest Publishing Industry: 190thRudest Citizens: 225thSmartest Citizens: 275thMost Devout: 287thMost Rebellious Youth: 338thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 370thLargest Retail Industry: 554thMost Corrupt Governments: 847thLargest Information Technology Sector: 906thTop
Largest Governments: 4,291stLargest Black Market: 5,681stMost Subsidized Industry: 9,091stMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,329thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,222ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,683rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18,738thMost Pro-Market: 24,758th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the region

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