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Largest Gambling Industry: 387th Rudest Citizens: 395th Largest Retail Industry: 404th
The Golden Liberty Hounds of
Capitalist Paradise
Trade in gold, be free, and be economically aware.
The Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population4.699 billion

CapitalThe Gilded Free Megacity of Nicola
LeaderThe Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito
FaithGolden-Liberty DiRitoism

CurrencyGold-Backed DiRitonian Ridger
AnimalGolden DiRitonian Finch

The Golden Liberty Hounds of DiRito-Opolis is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, flagrant waste-dumping, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 4.699 billion DiRitonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Gilded Free Megacity of Nicola. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient DiRitonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,055 trillion Gold-Backed DiRitonian Ridgers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 224,634 Gold-Backed DiRitonian Ridgers, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,228,452 per year while the poor average 20,985, a ratio of 58.5 to 1.

Retirement homes are filled with foreign war criminals, stockbrokers dream of getting rich by writing textbooks, gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones, and an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. DiRito-Opolis's national animal is the Golden DiRitonian Finch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Golden-Liberty DiRitoism.

DiRito-Opolis is ranked 667th in the world and 1st in Ridgefield for Fattest Citizens, with 70.4 Obesity Rate.

Largest Gambling Industry: 387thRudest Citizens: 395thLargest Retail Industry: 404thMost Avoided: 621stHighest Crime Rates: 647thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 662ndFattest Citizens: 667thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 691stMost Armed: 735thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 766thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 844thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,195thLargest Mining Sector: 1,214thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,301stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,372ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,528thTop
Most Influential: 1,785thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,933rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,872ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,308thHighest Average Incomes: 4,012thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,619thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,044thMost Devout: 5,980thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,464thMost Efficient Economies: 8,005thTop
Most Pro-Market: 10,005thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,066thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,375thHighest Economic Output: 13,296thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,353rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,868th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the region

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