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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,630thLargest Mining Sector: 3,430thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,710th
The Unitary State of
Father Knows Best State
Fortitúdo renatus fuerit Imperium
Faustino Acre
Professional Retard
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.039 billion

CapitalNew Hyperion
LeaderFaustino Acre
FaithRoman Catholic


The Unitary State of Derika is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Faustino Acre with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, pith helmet sales, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.039 billion Derikans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

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 a remarkable 1,057 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 175,138 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 216,073rd in the world and 6th in Confederation of the Mediterranean for Most Primitive, scoring -348.3 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Insurance Industry: 2,630thLargest Mining Sector: 3,430thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,710thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,788thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,920thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,096thMost Devout: 5,664thLowest Crime Rates: 6,838thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,016thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,566thHighest Average Incomes: 9,877thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,950thLargest Black Market: 10,853rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,214thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,234thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,402ndMost Patriotic: 12,847thMost Efficient Economies: 13,593rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,174thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,502ndHealthiest Citizens: 16,723rdHighest Economic Output: 17,737thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,296thSmartest Citizens: 22,369th

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