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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 42nd Fattest Citizens: 77th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 97th
The Free Republic of
Corporate Police State
Three Principles of the People
Regional Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Free Republic of Bai Lung is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by C Y Liang with an iron fist, and notable for its enslaved workforce, keen interest in outer space, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 24.416 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 10,645 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 435,986 Free BL Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,314,879 per year while the poor average 43,381, a ratio of 53.4 to 1.

The government seizes all major gold finds, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour, and suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence. 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 6,088th in the world and 82nd in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 49.8 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 42ndFattest Citizens: 77thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 97thLargest Mining Sector: 98thLargest Insurance Industry: 117thMost Avoided: 128thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 147thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 201stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 206thHighest Economic Output: 208thHighest Average Incomes: 276thLowest Crime Rates: 287thLargest Retail Industry: 386thMost Corrupt Governments: 390thLargest Agricultural Sector: 399thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 627thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 730thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 797thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 965thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,067thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,078thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,091stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,549thTop
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Largest Governments: 1,821stMost Influential: 1,846thMost Efficient Economies: 1,861stMost Stationary: 1,874thLargest Populations: 2,001stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,343rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,779thMost Conservative: 3,081stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,245thMost Extreme: 4,554thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,023rdLargest Black Market: 6,088thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,245thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,568thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 9,800thMost Pro-Market: 10,053rdRudest Citizens: 10,700thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,383rdSafest: 15,097thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,972nd
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Governments: 41st in the regionMost Stationary: 43rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 47th in the regionMost Influential: 47th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 47th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 82nd in the regionMost Conservative: 89th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 104th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 109th in the regionMost Extreme: 134th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 224th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 269th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 277th in the regionRudest Citizens: 283rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 320th in the regionTop
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Safest: 404th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 405th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 496th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 668th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 672nd in the regionMost Secular: 749th in the region

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