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Salih Hudayar
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The Taklamakan Desert

Population4.678 billion

LeaderSalih Hudayar
FaithSunni Islam


The Barren Wastelands of The Taklamakan Desert is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Salih Hudayar with an iron fist, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, pith helmet sales, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.678 billion Taklamakans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Administration are also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ürümqi. The average income tax rate is 81.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Taklamakan economy, worth a remarkable 1,200 trillion Yuan a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 256,521 Yuan, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming, government policies change at the drop of a rabbit, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel, and wheelchair-enabled paratroopers need access ramps to get onto planes but not off them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 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 2,313th in the world and 5th in Sonindia for Most Influential, scoring 40,596 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 338thMost Primitive: 345thLargest Mining Sector: 368thMost Ignorant Citizens: 389thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 514thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 537thMost Devout: 667thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 701stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 906thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,335thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,392ndLargest Black Market: 1,501stMost Armed: 1,800thMost Avoided: 1,955thTop
Most Influential: 2,313thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,386thHighest Average Incomes: 3,129thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,917thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,197thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,783rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,754thLowest Crime Rates: 7,456thNudest: 7,615thLargest Governments: 8,511thMost Authoritarian: 10,042ndMost Conservative: 10,132ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,525thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,584thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 11,515thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,008thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,895thHighest Economic Output: 14,049thMost Efficient Economies: 17,363rd
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 18th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the region

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