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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,573rdRudest Citizens: 1,609thHighest Crime Rates: 1,844th
The United Confederal Republic of
Corporate Bordello
From My Cold, Dead Hands
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Biscany

Population622 million

CapitalLaye

Currencyextra chromosome
Animalaffirmative action employee

The United Confederal Republic of Biscany is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its public floggings, suspicion of poets, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 622 million Biscans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Laye. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.6%.

The all-consuming Biscan economy, worth 65.7 trillion extra chromosomes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 105,563 extra chromosomes, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 650,297 per year while the poor average 7,457, a ratio of 87.2 to 1.

Major polluting industries have painted a lot of their machines green to give an impression of caring about the environment, bruised children are made to thank their bullies for the valuable life lessons, Laye's flashy holiday light displays can be seen from space, and the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Biscany's national animal is the affirmative action employee, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Biscany is ranked 16,316th in the world and 20th in Lands End for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 4,949.52 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,573rdRudest Citizens: 1,609thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 1,844thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,965thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,369thFattest Citizens: 2,780thMost Avoided: 3,706thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,423rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,517thLargest Retail Industry: 4,991stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,500thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,994thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,384thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,490thMost Armed: 7,979thMost Pro-Market: 8,597thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,517thMost Influential: 11,643rdHighest Drug Use: 15,243rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,316thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,633rd
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Most Pro-Market: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Biscany, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property.
  • : Following new legislation in Biscany, Laye's flashy holiday light displays can be seen from space.
  • : Following new legislation in Biscany, bruised children are made to thank their bullies for the valuable life lessons.
  • : Biscany was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Biscany lodged a message on the Lands End Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Biscany, major polluting industries have painted a lot of their machines green to give an impression of caring about the environment.
  • : Following new legislation in Biscany, Biscan police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests.
  • : Following new legislation in Biscany, formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming.
  • : Biscany voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend 00000 A World Power".
  • : Biscany was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector and Rudest Citizens.

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