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Highest Crime Rates: 308thMost Armed: 486thLargest Gambling Industry: 760th
The Sun Never Sets on the Empire of
Libertarian Police State
Where The Piņa Coladas Are Cold And The Beaches Are Hot
Influence
Squire
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Conch Kingdom

Population13.945 billion

CapitalConchordia
Leaderthe King

Currencyshell
AnimalPortuguese man o' war

The Sun Never Sets on the Empire of Conch Kingdom is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the King with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 13.945 billion Conks are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Environment, with Law & Order and Welfare not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Conchordia. The average income tax rate is 1.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Conkish economy, worth a remarkable 2,139 trillion shells a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 153,428 shells, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

CEOs and corporate executives are frequently found striking for better stock options, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants, and violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Conch Kingdom's national animal is the Portuguese man o' war, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Conch Kingdom is ranked 257,563rd in the world and 597th in Conch Kingdom for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -30.33 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Highest Crime Rates: 308thMost Armed: 486thLargest Gambling Industry: 760thMost Rebellious Youth: 870thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,283rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,294thMost Cultured: 1,322ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,509thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,779thHighest Food Quality: 2,408thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,798thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,414thMost Inclusive: 3,571stBest Weather: 4,110thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,218thMost Influential: 4,442ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,547thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,515thMost Devout: 7,724thHighest Economic Output: 8,791stLargest Black Market: 8,840thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,890thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,919thHighest Average Incomes: 14,482ndLargest Populations: 22,187th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 21st in the regionNudest: 27th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 38th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 43rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 57th in the region

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