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Largest Gambling Industry: 452nd Largest Retail Industry: 492nd Highest Disposable Incomes: 538th
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Aholz

Population10.212 billion

CapitalCentral City
LeaderThe All Powerful Oz
FaithPeople decide what or who they worship

CurrencyDollar
AnimalHoney Badger

The Republic of Aholz is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by The All Powerful Oz with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 10.212 billion Aholzians 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 minute, corrupt, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Aholzian economy, worth a remarkable 3,259 trillion Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 319,141 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

City sidewalks are crowded with overweight people, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region, a policy of plausible deniability helps protect the government from athletic doping scandals, and airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path. Crime is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Aholz's national animal is the Honey Badger, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is People decide what or who they worship.

Aholz is ranked 943rd in the world and 2nd in Texas for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring 17,257.46 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 452ndLargest Retail Industry: 492ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 538thHighest Poor Incomes: 575thRudest Citizens: 593rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 627thMost Armed: 695thMost Inclusive: 731stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 751stMost Scientifically Advanced: 878thLargest Information Technology Sector: 886thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 898thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 943rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,009thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,081stHighest Average Incomes: 1,101stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,162ndLargest Black Market: 1,558thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,852ndMost Avoided: 2,252ndSmartest Citizens: 2,286thHighest Economic Output: 2,391stMost Cultured: 2,880thMost Efficient Economies: 3,265thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,365thLargest Mining Sector: 3,950thMost Influential: 4,697thMost Stationary: 5,448thFattest Citizens: 5,766thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,408thMost Secular: 6,656thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,658thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,482ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,384thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 10,790thMost Politically Free: 12,938thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,029thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,524thLargest Governments: 15,719thLargest Populations: 15,874th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17th in the regionMost Politically Free: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, a policy of plausible deniability helps protect the government from athletic doping scandals.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, city sidewalks are crowded with overweight people.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, immigrants flood the job queues as discrimination in the workplace makes a staggering comeback.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, sex offenders find themselves cut off from the ability to repeat their crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, soylent products are an expensive commodity due to a lack of volunteers.
  • : Following new legislation in Aholz, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life.

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