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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 594thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,718thBest Weather: 1,865th
The Sleepy Pack of
Father Knows Best State
The more painful the memories, the better the laughter.
Holo and Rize
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Few

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USOM

Population14.245 billion

CapitalVerdana
LeaderHolo and Rize
FaithHolo

CurrencyApple
Animalowl

The Sleepy Pack of USOM is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Holo and Rize with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 14.245 billion USOMians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it prioritizes Environment, with Education, Law & Order, and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Social Policy receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Verdana. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse USOMian economy, worth a remarkable 1,154 trillion Apples a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, extremely specialized black market in Tourism. 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 81,049 Apples, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Priceless Maxtopian artwork can often be found in executive bathrooms, the nation's new religious police burn blasphemers on bonfires of their own books, fresh food is a thing of the past due to onerous testing standards, and the question of 'what is Holo and Rize's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. USOM's national animal is the owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Holo.

USOM is ranked 174,843rd in the world and 7,857th in the South Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -28.32 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Best Weather: 1,865thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,346thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,598thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,779thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,569thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,605thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,298thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,920thMost Pacifist: 7,273rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,043rdTop
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Most Devout: 9,565thHealthiest Citizens: 9,698thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,002ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,500thNicest Citizens: 11,516thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,754thLargest Black Market: 12,351stLargest Populations: 13,178thHighest Economic Output: 13,414thLargest Governments: 13,696thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,700thMost Cultured: 16,028th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 33rd in the regionBest Weather: 60th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 98th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 104th in the regionLargest Populations: 122nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 137th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 139th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 141st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 180th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 186th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 221st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 228th in the regionMost Devout: 249th in the regionMost Pacifist: 261st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 263rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 266th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 287th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 301st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 369th in the regionNicest Citizens: 370th in the regionLargest Governments: 370th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 460th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 501st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 528th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 548th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 551st in the region

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