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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 207th Largest Publishing Industry: 292nd
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Blazing Samaritan

Population20.846 billion


AnimalDemonic clown

The It of Blazing Samaritan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Pennywise with an iron fist, and renowned for its national health service, anti-smoking policies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.846 billion Blazing Samaritanites are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, with Defense, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Derry. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Blazing Samaritanian economy, worth a remarkable 3,902 trillion Balloons a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 187,186 Balloons, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 528,388 per year while the poor average 53,082, a ratio of 10.0 to 1.

Inter-species marriages are ignored by the government, the government is cracking down on subversive groups, books are so highly regarded in Blazing Samaritan that libraries are often revered as holy shrines, and octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Blazing Samaritan's national animal is the Demonic clown, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Demonology.

Blazing Samaritan is ranked 2,538th in the world and 60th in The East Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 144.51 Quips Per Hour.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 207thLargest Publishing Industry: 292ndMost Stationary: 581stMost Devout: 804thMost Cultured: 846thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 876thMost Beautiful Environments: 893rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,140thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,346thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,499thMost Influential: 1,503rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,557thTop
Highest Economic Output: 1,749thMost Efficient Economies: 1,843rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,019thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,092ndSmartest Citizens: 2,538thMost Developed: 2,745thLargest Black Market: 2,789thRudest Citizens: 3,468thLargest Populations: 3,595thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,084thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,690thHighest Average Incomes: 6,266thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,940thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 10,174thNudest: 13,671st
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 17th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionMost Influential: 28th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 32nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 45th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 52nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 52nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 53rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 60th in the regionMost Developed: 68th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 86th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 106th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 107th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 149th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 186th in the regionNudest: 317th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 367th in the region

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