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Largest Retail Industry: 44thLargest Gambling Industry: 76thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 84th
The Free Land of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Social democracy means fairness, dynamism, prosperity
Eric Palme
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Affluens

Population7.693 billion

CapitalFreedom City
LeaderEric Palme
Faithhumanism

Currency
AnimalNight Owl

The Free Land of Affluens is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Eric Palme with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, national health service, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 7.693 billion Affluensians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The minute, corrupt, socially-minded, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Freedom City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Affluensian economy, worth a remarkable 2,571 trillion €s a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 334,270 €s, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, and hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock". Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Affluens's national animal is the Night Owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is humanism.

Affluens is ranked 257,775th in the world and 165th in The Social Liberal Union for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -35.5 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Retail Industry: 44thLargest Gambling Industry: 76thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 84thHighest Crime Rates: 124thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 144thMost Avoided: 155thFattest Citizens: 197thMost Armed: 266thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 272ndMost Rebellious Youth: 434thHighest Disposable Incomes: 507thHighest Poor Incomes: 553rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 602ndRudest Citizens: 658thMost Ignorant Citizens: 745thLargest Insurance Industry: 759thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 774thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 949thLargest Mining Sector: 1,023rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,293rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,694thMost Secular: 1,703rdTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,747thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,945thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,991stLargest Black Market: 4,049thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,997thHighest Economic Output: 7,012thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,518thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,936thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,969thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,865thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 14,956thMost Income Equality: 24,322nd
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, a ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect.
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, the logging industry is celebrating as tourists plaster Affluens with trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, the rich are forced to sell their houses to pay for more police to prevent their houses from being burgled.
  • : Affluens was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income.
  • : Following new legislation in Affluens, the song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Affluens' is a smash hit.

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