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Largest Populations: 124th Highest Economic Output: 806th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,187th
The Queen's State of
Free-Market Paradise
Dieu et mon droit
the Governor
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Queen's State of Elliston is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by the Governor with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, anti-smoking policies, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 31.451 billion Ellistonians enjoy frequent elections, which are uniformly corrupted by big-spending corporations buying politicians who best suit their interests.

The tiny, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education, Law & Order, and Defense are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Ellistonian economy, worth a remarkable 5,651 trillion betales a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Automobile Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 179,677 betales, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 693,821 per year while the poor average 31,957, a ratio of 21.7 to 1.

Every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, replacement organs are grown in vats, and the Elliston Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elliston's national animal is the deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is none.

Elliston is ranked 1,505th in the world and 1st in Elliston for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Populations: 124thHighest Economic Output: 806thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,187thMost Efficient Economies: 1,505thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,009thLargest Mining Sector: 2,184thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,133rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,269thMost Avoided: 3,367thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,379thLargest Retail Industry: 4,404thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,107thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,190thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,419thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,746thHighest Average Incomes: 6,564thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,774thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,372ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,576thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,257thSafest: 9,862ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,328thLargest Black Market: 10,593rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,777thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,650thMost Developed: 12,992ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,050thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,933rd

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