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Rudest Citizens: 364th Largest Gambling Industry: 377th Largest Retail Industry: 401st
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
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population4.521 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, efficient nation, ruled by The Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory vegetarianism, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 4.521 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 receive no funds. 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 1,017 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 224,973 Gold-Backed DiRitonian Ridgers, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,279,100 per year while the poor average 19,276, a ratio of 66.4 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 7,998th in the world and 4th in Ridgefield for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Rudest Citizens: 364thLargest Gambling Industry: 377thLargest Retail Industry: 401stMost Avoided: 623rdHighest Crime Rates: 643rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 657thFattest Citizens: 670thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 684thMost Armed: 733rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 763rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 769thLargest Mining Sector: 1,196thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,201stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,296thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,382ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,494thTop
Most Influential: 1,856thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,915thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,833rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,350thHighest Average Incomes: 3,968thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,581stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,938thMost Devout: 5,941stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,063rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,998thTop
Most Pro-Market: 9,164thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,972ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,047thHighest Economic Output: 13,688thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,475thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,609thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,419th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the region

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