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Largest Gambling Industry: 1,040th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,444th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,890th
The Duchy of
New York Times Democracy
Liberty, Prosperity, Faith
Regional Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Duchy of Faramount is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Georgius Neneus with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 6.109 billion Faramanians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lacomopolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Faramanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,068 trillion Imperial Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 174,864 Imperial Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy', political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations, Faramount's leader goes out to lunch surrounded by large men in dark glasses, and both diets and economic output are growing leaner with recent restrictions to free trade. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Faramount's national animal is the Whale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Faramount is ranked 39,568th in the world and 14th in Greater Ixnay for Highest Drug Use, scoring 89.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 1,040thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,444thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,890thLargest Mining Sector: 1,948thLargest Retail Industry: 2,035thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,175thRudest Citizens: 2,263rdFattest Citizens: 2,695thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,812thMost Avoided: 3,023rdLargest Insurance Industry: 3,747thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,833rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,637thHighest Crime Rates: 4,709thLargest Black Market: 6,351stMost Armed: 6,651stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,859thHighest Average Incomes: 7,032ndMost Rebellious Youth: 7,485thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,593rdTop
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Highest Economic Output: 9,653rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,917thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,021stHighest Poor Incomes: 13,570thMost Efficient Economies: 14,423rdNudest: 15,568thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,405thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,657th
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Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Faramount's influence in Greater Ixnay rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Following new legislation in Faramount, both diets and economic output are growing leaner with recent restrictions to free trade.
  • : Following new legislation in Faramount, Faramount's leader goes out to lunch surrounded by large men in dark glasses.
  • : Faramount was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market and the Top 10% for Largest Information Technology Sector and Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Faramount, political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations.
  • : Faramount was reclassified from "Corporate Bordello" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Faramount, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy'.
  • : Following new legislation in Faramount, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Faramount, fresh food is a thing of the past due to onerous testing standards.
  • : Following new legislation in Faramount, prisoners regularly escape detention posing as scarecrows.

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