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Most Corrupt Governments: 4,732nd Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,939th Largest Black Market: 6,932nd
The Monarchy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Acta non Verba
Jeanine Matthews
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Divergence

Population3.05 billion

CapitalChicago
LeaderJeanine Matthews
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLugar
AnimalRaven

The Monarchy of Divergence is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Jeanine Matthews with an iron fist, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, ban on automobiles, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.05 billion Divergent 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chicago. The average income tax rate is 72.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Divergent economy, worth 524 trillion Lugars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 171,958 Lugars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

A historic rise in the minimum wage has crushed the economy with inflation, Max Barry is this year's Miss Divergence, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten, and city workers have declared that rolling markets aren't good for business after all. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Divergence's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Divergence is ranked 13,909th in the world and 2nd in The Grand British Union for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 315.33 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Corrupt Governments: 4,732ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,939thLargest Black Market: 6,932ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,145thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,949thTop
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Most Secular: 8,701stHighest Average Incomes: 8,755thMost Efficient Economies: 9,647thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,715thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,994thMost Developed: 10,131stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,228thLowest Crime Rates: 10,521stLargest Publishing Industry: 11,379thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,700thLargest Governments: 11,973rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,080thHealthiest Citizens: 12,480thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,874thSmartest Citizens: 13,003rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,271stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,860thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,909thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,432ndMost Cultured: 15,886thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,268th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Divergence was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, city workers have declared that rolling markets aren't good for business after all.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, Max Barry is this year's Miss Divergence.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, a historic rise in the minimum wage has crushed the economy with inflation.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, a proud mining community is considering a rebellion after the Capital officially renamed them 'District XII'.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Following new legislation in Divergence, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.

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