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Most Primitive: 169th Most Ignorant Citizens: 217th Most Devout: 292nd
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The Marsupial Illuminati

Population7.032 billion



The πολύτροπον ἐντελέχεια of The Marsupial Illuminati is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝ with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, hatred of cheese, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 7.032 billion Marsupials enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marsupium. The average income tax rate is 76.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Marsupial economy, worth 695 trillion Pouches a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 98,873 Pouches, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Children have only the most basic of education, epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent, cholera is seen as the holiest of diseases, and the nation is a world leader in martyrs per capita. Crime is a serious problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. The Marsupial Illuminati's national animal is the Marsupial, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pouchism.

The Marsupial Illuminati is ranked 292nd in the world and 1st in Sodom and Gomorrah for Most Devout, with 18,588.85 Prayers Per Hour.

Most Primitive: 169thMost Ignorant Citizens: 217thMost Devout: 292ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 624thLargest Black Market: 1,360thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,439thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,535thRudest Citizens: 2,554thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,963rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,617thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,759thNudest: 4,130thMost Avoided: 4,451stMost Conservative: 6,127thBest Weather: 7,632ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,758thTop
Highest Crime Rates: 10,889thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,673rd

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