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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 345th Largest Gambling Industry: 441st Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 444th
The Free Economic Zone of
Capitalist Paradise
What time we recording the motto? Wait, is that mike on
Regional Influence
Contender
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Free Economic Zone of Arcologia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by no one with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 13.79 billion Arcologians 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 solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eldfell Energy Arcology. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Arcologian economy, worth a remarkable 3,746 trillion Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 271,699 Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,906,643 per year while the poor average 13,216, a ratio of 144 to 1.

Tourists often cite 'hiding money in an off-shore banking account' as their main reason to visit the nation, the automobile industry is sitting up and taking notice of the new 24 hour race events... as are the track's sleepless neighbours, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, and it's always rabbit season. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Arcologia's national animal is the Finch, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Arcologia is ranked 89,369th in the world and 22nd in The Cornellian Empire for Most Devout, with 15.11 Prayers Per Hour.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 345thLargest Gambling Industry: 441stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 444thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 453rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 454thLargest Insurance Industry: 491stHighest Crime Rates: 518thMost Armed: 542ndFattest Citizens: 638thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 820thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 847thRudest Citizens: 847thMost Avoided: 991stMost Efficient Economies: 1,347thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,369thLargest Retail Industry: 1,371stTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,654thHighest Economic Output: 1,704thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,913thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,021stLargest Mining Sector: 2,267thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,741stMost Rebellious Youth: 3,600thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,000thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,169thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4,735thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,839thMost Pro-Market: 5,716thLargest Populations: 7,520thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,155thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,199thLargest Black Market: 9,862ndMost Influential: 10,958thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,068thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,951stLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,565th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the region

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