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Most Pro-Market: 6,998th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,619th Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,852nd
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Cleo City

Population640 million



The Colony of Cleo City is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 640 million Cleo Cityians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The tiny, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Spirituality, with Defense, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cleoa. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.5%.

The strong Cleo Cityian economy, worth 39.5 trillion Dingadangdongs a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Automobile Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 61,681 Dingadangdongs, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 346,350 per year while the poor average 5,436, a ratio of 63.7 to 1.

Every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains, children are raised bilingual from an early age, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, and noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law. Crime is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Cleo City's national animal is the Crocodile, which can occasionally be seen avoiding garbage in the nation's murky oceans.

Cleo City is ranked 78,615th in the world and 18th in The Moderate Alliance for Most Primitive, scoring -53.85 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Pro-Market: 6,998thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,619thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,852ndTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 8,240thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,277thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,481st
Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the region

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