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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 398th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 474th Highest Crime Rates: 1,106th
The Republic of
Anarchy
Land of Individualists
Regional Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Republic of Blau Stein is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ron Paul with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, national health service, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 16.969 billion Blau Steinians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded individuals juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. Income tax is unheard of.

The all-consuming Blau Steinian economy, worth a remarkable 2,798 trillion Gold Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an impressive 164,921 Gold Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 8.3 times as much as the poorest.

Daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter, tabloids coo over Ron Paul's expected child, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, and 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Blau Stein's national animal is the sea otter, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Blau Stein is ranked 149,739th in the world and 235th in Capitalist Paradise for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.38 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 398thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 474thHighest Crime Rates: 1,106thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,125thFattest Citizens: 1,154thTop
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Most Armed: 1,614thRudest Citizens: 1,883rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,362ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,473rdHighest Economic Output: 2,696thMost Avoided: 2,771stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,833rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,100thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,117thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,189thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,118thLargest Retail Industry: 4,994thLargest Populations: 5,112thMost Stationary: 5,600thTop
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Most Influential: 8,062ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,491stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,949thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,018thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,846thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,772ndLargest Black Market: 13,411thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,161stSmartest Citizens: 14,607th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19th in the regionMost Stationary: 25th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 26th in the region

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