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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 45th Fattest Citizens: 81st Largest Mining Sector: 97th
The Free Republic of
Corporate Police State
Three Principles of the People
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
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The Free Republic of Bai Lung is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lin Zhang with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, unlimited-speed roads, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 24.963 billion Bai Lungeses are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pyongjing. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Bai Lungian economy, worth an astonishing 10,870 trillion Free BL Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Automobile Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 435,470 Free BL Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,387,948 per year while the poor average 40,441, a ratio of 59.0 to 1.

Mining is the nation's most dangerous occupation, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', in a fit of passion Lin Zhang has shredded thirty years' worth of petitions, and the nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Bai Lung's national animal is the Tiger Pig and Man, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Bai Lung is ranked 1,816th in the world and 23rd in The East Pacific for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 45thFattest Citizens: 81stLargest Mining Sector: 97thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 101stLargest Insurance Industry: 117thMost Avoided: 135thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 154thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 174thHighest Economic Output: 203rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 205thHighest Average Incomes: 292ndLowest Crime Rates: 294thLargest Agricultural Sector: 416thMost Corrupt Governments: 419thLargest Retail Industry: 472ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 631stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 750thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 774thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,001stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,001stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,008thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,097thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,397thTop
Most Stationary: 1,801stMost Efficient Economies: 1,816thLargest Governments: 1,816thMost Influential: 1,927thLargest Populations: 1,978thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,390thMost Conservative: 2,582ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,719thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,933rdMost Extreme: 4,314thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,501stLargest Black Market: 5,960thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,775thTop
Most Pro-Market: 7,850thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,443rdSmartest Citizens: 9,691stRudest Citizens: 10,351stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,468thSafest: 12,400th
Largest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 23rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Governments: 36th in the regionMost Stationary: 42nd in the regionMost Influential: 47th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 48th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 49th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 49th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 60th in the regionLargest Black Market: 93rd in the regionMost Extreme: 96th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 98th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 109th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 204th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 211th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 242nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 243rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 252nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 263rd in the regionTop
Safest: 326th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 476th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 493rd in the region

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