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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,109th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,236th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,398th
The Inescapable Hell-hole of
Corporate Police State
Fortis Utilis, Infirma Morietur!
Jim Pickens
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Bariura

Population3.907 billion

CapitalCitadel
LeaderJim Pickens
FaithThe cult

CurrencySevered Hands
AnimalRobotweetums

The Inescapable Hell-hole of Bariura is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Jim Pickens with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, ritual sacrifices, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.907 billion Slaves 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Citadel. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 45.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Slave economy, worth 926 trillion Severed Hands a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 237,095 Severed Hands, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,083,944 per year while the poor average 31,586, a ratio of 34.3 to 1.

The government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production, trespassers entering Jim Pickens's office are immediately vaporized, the government spends billions to protect Bariura from a disaster that is one in a million, and bouncers at the door of the sweet shop warn five-year-olds not to cause trouble. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bariura's national animal is the Robotweetums, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The cult.

Bariura is ranked 29,041st in the world and 4th in The Outlands for Most Developed, scoring 67.57 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,109thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,236thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,398thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,648thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,845thFattest Citizens: 1,885thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,092ndMost Avoided: 2,117thLargest Black Market: 2,127thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,377thLargest Retail Industry: 2,378thLargest Mining Sector: 2,648thNudest: 3,048thHighest Average Incomes: 3,199thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,977thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,191stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,266thRudest Citizens: 4,469thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,691stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,977thMost Efficient Economies: 6,098thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,554thMost Armed: 7,064thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,318thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,769thMost Conservative: 10,983rdLargest Governments: 11,346thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,384thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,419thMost Secular: 12,864thHighest Economic Output: 14,162ndLowest Crime Rates: 16,339th
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, bouncers at the door of the sweet shop warn five-year-olds not to cause trouble.
  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, the government spends billions to protect Bariura from a disaster that is one in a million.
  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, trespassers entering Jim Pickens's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production.
  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, unfit police officers collapse while trying to capture unusually athletic criminals.
  • : Bariura was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Bariura applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, protestors are soaking piles of Severed Hands in blood to make a point about government incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, priceless Maxtopian artwork can often be found in executive bathrooms.
  • : Following new legislation in Bariura, the studies of art and philosophy are banned.

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