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Most Subsidized Industry: 442ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 495thLargest Mining Sector: 938th
The Daily Wanderings of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Anyone Seen A Carrot?
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Featured Hopper

Population6.617 billion

CapitalCarrot City
Leaderthat scwewy wabbit

Currencycarrot
Animalhopper

The Daily Wanderings of Featured Hopper is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by that scwewy wabbit with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, ban on automobiles, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.617 billion Featured Hoppers 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 large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carrot City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 92.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Featured Hopperian economy, worth a remarkable 1,671 trillion carrots 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 amazing 252,606 carrots, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,099,742 per year while the poor average 36,724, a ratio of 29.9 to 1.

Science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas, religious bigotry is not allowed but bigotry against theism is encouraged, and students learn how to disarm mines before understanding basic arithmetic. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Featured Hopper's national animal is the hopper, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Featured Hopper is ranked 242,143rd in the world and 17th in GNC for Most Pro-Market, scoring -49.22 on the Rand Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 442ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 495thLargest Mining Sector: 938thLargest Retail Industry: 1,801stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,088thLargest Black Market: 2,521stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,703rdTop
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Most Patriotic: 3,102ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,317thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,417thMost Avoided: 3,954thMost Armed: 4,330thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,364thFattest Citizens: 4,517thMost Primitive: 4,691stHighest Average Incomes: 5,092ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,123rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,964thLargest Governments: 7,283rdRudest Citizens: 7,559thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,004thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,505thMost Devout: 9,516thNudest: 12,184thMost Ignorant Citizens: 12,909thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,880thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 15,475thLowest Crime Rates: 15,971stMost Advanced Public Education: 24,474th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the region

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