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Largest Mining Sector: 359thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 374thMost Ignorant Citizens: 434th
The Barren Wastelands of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Freedom for East Turkestan!!!
Salih Hudayar
Influence
Envoy
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Taklamakan Desert

Population4.179 billion

CapitalÜrümqi
LeaderSalih Hudayar
FaithSunni Islam

CurrencyYuan
AnimalCamel

The Barren Wastelands of The Taklamakan Desert is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Salih Hudayar with an iron fist, and notable for its fear of technology, rampant corporate plagiarism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.179 billion Taklamakans 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, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Spirituality, and Administration also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ürümqi. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Taklamakan economy, worth a remarkable 1,037 trillion Yuan a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 248,369 Yuan, with the richest citizens earning 7.8 times as much as the poorest.

Many in The Taklamakan Desert are born in the purple, prison officers are bribed not to take bribes, the religious lobby has the power of veto over health initiatives, and suit-clad businessmen have been taking advantage of the relaxed welfare qualifications by shopping with food stamps. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. The Taklamakan Desert's national animal is the Camel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Sunni Islam.

The Taklamakan Desert is ranked 207,543rd in the world and 323rd in Sonindia for Longest Average Lifespans, with 29.55 Years.

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Largest Mining Sector: 359thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 374thMost Ignorant Citizens: 434thMost Primitive: 669thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 758thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 768thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 805thMost Devout: 869thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,218thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,370thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,656thLargest Black Market: 1,764thMost Avoided: 1,821stMost Armed: 1,890thTop
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Most Influential: 2,779thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,897thFattest Citizens: 3,032ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,328thHighest Average Incomes: 3,480thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,665thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,125thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,718thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,351stNudest: 6,972ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,021stLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,578thMost Conservative: 8,850thLowest Crime Rates: 9,132ndTop
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Largest Governments: 10,753rdMost Authoritarian: 12,705thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,880thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,837thHighest Economic Output: 16,183rdMost Efficient Economies: 16,873rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,468th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionMost Conservative: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 16th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 24th in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 26th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, suit-clad businessmen have been taking advantage of the relaxed welfare qualifications by shopping with food stamps.
  • : The Taklamakan Desert was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, the religious lobby has the power of veto over health initiatives.
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, prison officers are bribed not to take bribes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, many in The Taklamakan Desert are born in the purple.
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, the request to "give us our daily bread" can only be fulfilled six days out of seven.
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, cold medicines curiously become cheaper when government officials sneeze.
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms.
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, lobbyists are trying to convince government to recategorize most natural disasters as "non-critical naturogenic inconveniences".
  • : Following new legislation in The Taklamakan Desert, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps.

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