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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 620th Lowest Crime Rates: 822nd Most Corrupt Governments: 1,098th
The Salt King of
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Population20 billion

LeaderTim Stark


The Salt King of Tim-Opolis is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Tim Stark with an iron fist, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, strictly enforced bedtime, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 20 billion Northerners 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Winterfell. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The powerhouse Tim-Opolisian economy, worth a remarkable 5,277 trillion Crowns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 263,875 Crowns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 988,057 per year while the poor average 49,303, a ratio of 20.0 to 1.

Wanting a better life for your child is prohibited by a clause in the criminal code, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community, and prudishness is on the way out. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tim-Opolis's national animal is the Direwolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Adjeism.

Tim-Opolis is ranked 36,953rd in the world and 41st in Spiritus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 63.44 on the Rand Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 620thLowest Crime Rates: 822ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,098thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,181stLargest Mining Sector: 1,255thHighest Economic Output: 1,271stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,322ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,378thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,467thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,623rdTop
Largest Governments: 1,963rdFattest Citizens: 1,966thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,987thHighest Average Incomes: 2,379thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,757thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,764thLargest Black Market: 3,019thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,447thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,745thLargest Populations: 5,054thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,275thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,341stMost Avoided: 6,302ndMost Conservative: 6,342ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 9,165thMost Influential: 9,175thLargest Retail Industry: 10,179thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,682ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,809thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,695thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,819thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,436thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,963rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,333rd
Largest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 15th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Tim-Opolis lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, prudishness is on the way out.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, wanting a better life for your child is prohibited by a clause in the criminal code.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, patriots insist that size does matter.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television.
  • : Following new legislation in Tim-Opolis, the government advises foreign diplomats to speak softly and carry a big bag of cash.


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