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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,118thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,748thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,806th
The National Catholic Kingdom of
Corporate Police State
Family under Fatherland under God
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Bombastion

Population7.978 billion

CapitalRomito
LeaderKing Giuseppe II
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyKnickerbocker
AnimalTurkeyhawk

The National Catholic Kingdom of Bombastion is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King Giuseppe II with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, public floggings, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.978 billion Bombastonians 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Romito. The average income tax rate is 8.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Bombastonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,565 trillion Knickerbockers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 196,276 Knickerbockers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

King Giuseppe II's relatives have been married into the royal families of foreign nations against their will, economists claim no news is good news, wildlife near farms is slowly becoming extinct, and no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Bombastion's national animal is the Turkeyhawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Bombastion is ranked 39,981st in the world and 134th in Europe for Most Armed, with 1.78 Weapons Per Person.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,118thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,748thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,806thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,081stFattest Citizens: 2,317thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,483rdMost Influential: 2,524thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,836thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,896thLargest Retail Industry: 2,909thLargest Mining Sector: 2,931stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,075thMost Devout: 3,771stMost Avoided: 3,782ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,037thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,912thMost Patriotic: 5,044thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,197thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,459thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,874thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,879thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,891stRudest Citizens: 7,169thHighest Average Incomes: 7,219thLargest Black Market: 7,492ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,197thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,189thHighest Economic Output: 11,448thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 11,731stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,846thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,690thLowest Crime Rates: 16,462ndMost Conservative: 20,498thLargest Governments: 22,709th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 26th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 27th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 27th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 38th in the regionLargest Black Market: 41st in the regionMost Devout: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 49th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 50th in the regionMost Patriotic: 59th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 77th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 80th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 84th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 86th in the regionRudest Citizens: 99th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 101st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 104th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 106th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 106th in the regionMost Conservative: 118th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 119th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 124th in the regionMost Armed: 134th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bombastion, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium.
  • : Following new legislation in Bombastion, wildlife near farms is slowly becoming extinct.
  • : Following new legislation in Bombastion, economists claim no news is good news.
  • : Bombastion was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Corporate Police State".
  • : Following new legislation in Bombastion, King Giuseppe II's relatives have been married into the royal families of foreign nations against their will.
  • : Following new legislation in Bombastion, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in Bombastion, King Giuseppe II goes out to lunch surrounded by large men in dark glasses.
  • : Bombastion endorsed The Celtic Confederacy of Hallorland.
  • : Bombastion endorsed The Constitutional Monarchy of Elania Kingdom.
  • : Bombastion was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Patriotic.

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