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Largest Gambling Industry: 373rd Largest Retail Industry: 424th Rudest Citizens: 429th
The Golden Liberty Hounds of
Capitalist Paradise
Trade in gold, be free, and be economically aware.
The Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population5.57 billion

CapitalThe Gilded Free Megacity of Nicola
LeaderThe Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito
FaithGolden-Liberty DiRitoism

CurrencyGold-Backed DiRitonian Ridger
AnimalGolden DiRitonian Finch

The Golden Liberty Hounds of DiRito-Opolis is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, triple-decker prams, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 5.57 billion DiRitonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Gilded Free Megacity of Nicola. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient DiRitonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,255 trillion Gold-Backed DiRitonian Ridgers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 225,426 Gold-Backed DiRitonian Ridgers, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,260,251 per year while the poor average 20,062, a ratio of 62.8 to 1.

Conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities, a murderous reputation can revitalise a flagging celebrity career, and college-level writing classes are taught by undergraduate editors of the school newspaper. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. DiRito-Opolis's national animal is the Golden DiRitonian Finch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Golden-Liberty DiRitoism.

DiRito-Opolis is ranked 3,998th in the world and 2nd in Ridgefield for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 28 Valid Endorsements.

Largest Gambling Industry: 373rdLargest Retail Industry: 424thRudest Citizens: 429thHighest Crime Rates: 572ndMost Avoided: 601stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 610thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 629thFattest Citizens: 629thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 636thMost Armed: 673rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 745thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,106thLargest Mining Sector: 1,172ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,222ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,272ndMost Influential: 1,500thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,568thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,833rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,812thHighest Average Incomes: 3,996thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,998thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,594thMost Devout: 5,361stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,390thMost Efficient Economies: 7,427thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,271stTop
Most Pro-Market: 10,338thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,540thHighest Economic Output: 11,173rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,373rdMost Rebellious Youth: 13,173rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,526th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the region

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