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Most Armed: 10,412thLargest Gambling Industry: 16,731stMost Politically Free: 20,032nd
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A Small Sting

Population1.684 billion


The Disputed Territories of A Small Sting is a massive, genial nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and compulsory gun ownership. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.684 billion Small Stingians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Administration, and Environment. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 18.6%.

The very strong Small Stingian economy, worth 88.7 trillion pesos a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, and Information Technology. Average income is 52,667 pesos, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 161,164 per year while the poor average 13,330, a ratio of 12.1 to 1.

The judicial branch is strongly influenced by major corporations, the nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide, soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers, and a cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. A Small Sting's national animal is the sheep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

A Small Sting is ranked 126,332nd in the world and 2,506th in Artificial Solar System for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 884.66 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Armed: 10,412thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 16,731stMost Politically Free: 20,032nd
Most Politically Free: 72nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 108th in the regionNicest Citizens: 147th in the regionMost Armed: 200th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 239th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 336th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 410th in the regionNudest: 413th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 445th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 465th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 482nd in the region

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