Most Influential: 3,633rd Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,042nd Largest Agricultural Sector: 7,518th
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The Blue Line of 98X is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Davis Wellington with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, anti-smoking policies, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 10.15 billion 98Xers are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sylvania City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 12.9%.

The very strong 98X economy, worth 787 trillion coins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 77,550 coins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 235,061 per year while the poor average 19,897, a ratio of 11.8 to 1.

High school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, mobile phone masts are being erected all over the country, all footpaths have tollbooths, and a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 98X's national animal is the winged hamster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

98X is ranked 50,267th in the world and 928th in the Rejected Realms for Most Authoritarian, with 0.61 Stalins.

Most Influential: 3,633rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,042ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,518thTop
Largest Populations: 11,192ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,190thHighest Economic Output: 13,534thLargest Black Market: 14,333rdLargest Retail Industry: 15,680th
Most Influential: 54th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 91st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 109th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 153rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 225th in the regionMost Stationary: 229th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 239th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 255th in the region

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