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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4,330thMost Avoided: 4,689thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,745th
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Money In Peace,Arms In War
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United Surabaya

Population418 million

CapitalNew Surabaya

CurrencyUnited Gulden

The Kingdom of United Surabaya is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, infamous sell-swords, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 418 million United Surabayans 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 prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Surabaya. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 44.8%.

The frighteningly efficient United Surabayan economy, worth 50.7 trillion United Guldens 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Retail. 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 impressive 121,227 United Guldens, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 666,951 per year while the poor average 11,177, a ratio of 59.7 to 1.

Catching an old friend by surprise on the street can be a shocking experience, pocket dialling is a criminal offence, the government spends twice as much reclaiming lost settlements from the sea as it could've on coastal defences, and from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in United Surabaya. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. United Surabaya's national animal is the Garuda, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

United Surabaya is ranked 82,726th in the world and 2,823rd in the Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 72.95 Years.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4,330thMost Avoided: 4,689thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,745thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,702ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,802ndMost Secular: 9,456thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,711thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,931stTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,266thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,273rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,244thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,143rdMost Efficient Economies: 16,000thLargest Black Market: 16,618thHighest Crime Rates: 17,589thHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,832ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,273rdMost Developed: 20,483rd
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 85th in the regionMost Avoided: 103rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 139th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 207th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 217th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 265th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 302nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 308th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 331st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 331st in the regionMost Secular: 339th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 356th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 369th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 425th in the regionLargest Black Market: 427th in the regionMost Developed: 515th in the regionNudest: 519th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 589th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 643rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 655th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 737th in the region

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