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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,751stLargest Mining Sector: 3,391stLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,521st
The Unitary State of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Fortitúdo renatus fuerit Imperium
Faustino Acre
Influence
Powerbroker
Professional Retard
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Derika

Population5.39 billion

CapitalNew Hyperion
LeaderFaustino Acre
FaithRoman Catholic

CurrencyAureus
AnimalEagle

The Unitary State of Derika is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Faustino Acre with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, disturbing lack of elderly people, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.39 billion Derikans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Hyperion. The average income tax rate is 29.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Derikan economy, worth 943 trillion Aureuses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 175,119 Aureuses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Retiring citizens are dragged away in the middle of the night by mysterious men in black suits, voting is voluntary, parents are really careful to pick the right gun for their kids' birthdays, and human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Derika's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Roman Catholic.

Derika is ranked 182,628th in the world and 5th in Confederation of the Mediterranean for Most Politically Free, scoring 33.9 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,751stLargest Mining Sector: 3,391stLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,521stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,596thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,692ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,163rdMost Avoided: 5,601stMost Devout: 5,626thLowest Crime Rates: 6,789thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,897thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,506thHighest Average Incomes: 9,604thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,920thLargest Black Market: 11,069thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,141stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 12,143rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,750thMost Efficient Economies: 13,567thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,535thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,496thHealthiest Citizens: 16,644thHighest Economic Output: 19,264thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,809thSmartest Citizens: 22,755thLargest Governments: 23,209th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the region

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