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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 638th Most Efficient Economies: 660th Largest Mining Sector: 678th
The Torpor Empire of
Corporate Police State
Such is the manner of our decline
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Torpor Empire of Finium is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Esmereldo Esteban Spessartine with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.056 billion Finians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hallsind. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Finite economy, worth a remarkable 3,513 trillion Ingots a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 249,991 Ingots, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,164,113 per year while the poor average 32,199, a ratio of 36.2 to 1.

The alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, penal labor is a de facto death sentence, children are expected to carve their own toys, and homeless people can be found sleeping on streets in front of unoccupied second homes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Finium's national animal is the Fae, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Corinthite Apostolicism.

Finium is ranked 9,777th in the world and 4th in The Forgotten Lands for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 5,935.84 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 638thMost Efficient Economies: 660thLargest Mining Sector: 678thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,012thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,016thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,148thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,223rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,240thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,546thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,600thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,648thFattest Citizens: 1,713thMost Avoided: 1,718thMost Primitive: 1,772ndTop
Highest Economic Output: 1,819thHighest Average Incomes: 2,146thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,175thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,192ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,482ndLowest Crime Rates: 2,923rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,127thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,552ndMost Devout: 3,880thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,232ndMost Conservative: 5,656thLargest Retail Industry: 6,533rdLargest Populations: 7,216thLargest Governments: 8,052ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,130thLargest Black Market: 8,399thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 9,777thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,366thMost Stationary: 12,534thRudest Citizens: 14,194thMost Extreme: 15,639thMost Influential: 15,911th
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the region

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