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Highest Economic Output: 394th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 493rd Largest Mining Sector: 619th
The Freehold of
Left-Leaning College State
Per aspera ad astra
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend


Population29.444 billion

LeaderHigh Senator Ragnar Thorian


The Freehold of Clairmont is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by High Senator Ragnar Thorian with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 29.444 billion Freeholders enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The tiny government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Environment and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Birhat. The average income tax rate is 2.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Clairmontian economy, worth a remarkable 8,279 trillion gellers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 281,199 gellers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise, it's considered a civil right to be allowed to neglect and mistreat your own children, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, and community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Clairmont's national animal is the Banecat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Clairmont is ranked 166,868th in the world and 5,651st in Lazarus for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 9.95 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Highest Economic Output: 394thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 493rdLargest Mining Sector: 619thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 642ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 657thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 732ndMost Avoided: 914thLargest Populations: 978thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,039thMost Armed: 1,136thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,161stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,543rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,563rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,640thHighest Average Incomes: 1,671stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,765thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,971stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,095thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,296thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,408thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,572ndRudest Citizens: 2,735thLargest Black Market: 3,170thHighest Crime Rates: 3,219thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,467thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,819thFattest Citizens: 4,229thSmartest Citizens: 4,570thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,974thTop
Nudest: 9,417thLargest Governments: 10,980thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,551stLargest Retail Industry: 13,250thMost Cultured: 14,058thHighest Drug Use: 14,745th
Highest Economic Output: 13th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 29th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 35th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 37th in the regionMost Avoided: 42nd in the regionMost Armed: 51st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 55th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 64th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 71st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 73rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 80th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 81st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 92nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 100th in the regionRudest Citizens: 104th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 129th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 129th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 143rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 173rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 175th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 180th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 201st in the regionFattest Citizens: 226th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 342nd in the regionNudest: 418th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 441st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 479th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 555th in the regionLargest Governments: 562nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Clairmont, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in Clairmont, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Clairmont, it's considered a civil right to be allowed to neglect and mistreat your own children.
  • : Clairmont's influence in Lazarus rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Clairmont was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Clairmont, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Clairmont, intelligence agencies frequently invite passers-by into their secret vaults for tea and biscuits.
  • : Clairmont altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Clairmont, grumbling early morning commuters bemoan having to travel to work in the dark.
  • : Following new legislation in Clairmont, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume.


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