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Most Armed: 3,641stMost Influential: 4,175thMost Devout: 5,363rd
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The State of Centralia

Population3.611 billion

CapitalCentral City
LeaderRueben III

CurrencyImperial Note

The Holy Empire of The State of Centralia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Rueben III with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, triple-decker prams, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.611 billion Centralians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 56.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Centralian economy, worth 410 trillion Imperial Notes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 113,720 Imperial Notes, with the richest citizens earning 9.0 times as much as the poorest.

Centralians believe the only thing that will make you happy is being unhappy with who you are, teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects, emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires, and hospitals scramble for new disinfectants following a ban on rubbing alcohol. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The State of Centralia's national animal is the Turtle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The State of Centralia is ranked 58,865th in the world and 82nd in Sonindia for Most Pro-Market, scoring 56.56 on the Rand Index.

Most Armed: 3,641stMost Influential: 4,175thMost Devout: 5,363rdLargest Retail Industry: 6,531stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,745thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,008thLargest Mining Sector: 7,466thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,646thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,885thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,680thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,392ndMost Cultured: 16,393rdLargest Black Market: 16,701stMost Efficient Economies: 17,100thMost Developed: 17,372ndMost Subsidized Industry: 17,680thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,004thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,805th
Most Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 25th in the region

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