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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,164th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,978th Nudest: 4,578th
The Incorporated States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Peace and Justice
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Favored

Population1.473 billion

CapitalTartarus
LeaderMason
FaithCatholicism

Currencystone
Animalcat

The Incorporated States of Favored is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Mason with an iron fist, and notable for its national health service, soft-spoken computers, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.473 billion Favoredians 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 prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tartarus. The average income tax rate is 37.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Favoredian economy, worth 181 trillion stones a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 123,161 stones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Civil servants are no longer allowed to cross their t's, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, nations that kill a Favoredian can expect a strongly worded letter, and a signed affidavit from a prominent anti-corruption advocate declares that she is in fact a crook after all. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Favored's national animal is the cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Favored is ranked 70,766th in the world and 3,061st in The East Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 35.71 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,164thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,978thNudest: 4,578thMost Influential: 4,604thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,764thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,582ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,667thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,916thLargest Black Market: 10,441stHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,994thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,331stLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,515thMost Devout: 15,044thMost Authoritarian: 15,485th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 53rd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 124th in the regionLargest Black Market: 148th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 152nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 155th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 192nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 201st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 246th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 316th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 327th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 375th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 391st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 502nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 513th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 518th in the regionMost Devout: 526th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 529th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 705th in the region

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