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Most Efficient Economies: 664th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,149th Most Armed: 1,303rd
The Stagnant Ascendancy of
Corporate Bordello
Liberty and Wealth
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Stagnant Ascendancy of Great Jergania and Jonland is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President-elect Gary Johnson with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 10.023 billion Jerganians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, although Defense is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of LibertÓ. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Jerganian economy, worth a remarkable 1,938 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 193,432 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 843,953 per year while the poor average 28,015, a ratio of 30.1 to 1.

Excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside, new cases of Asbestosis are cropping up as quickly as hospitals can deal with them, stoned tourists don't tend to remember much about their holidays here, and visions of giant pink doves are a common side effect after Jerganians eat their meals. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Great Jergania and Jonland's national animal is the dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is no longer used at the national level.

Great Jergania and Jonland is ranked 664th in the world and 30th in Lazarus for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 664thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,149thMost Armed: 1,303rdTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,638thRudest Citizens: 1,713thHighest Crime Rates: 2,202ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,270thLargest Retail Industry: 2,396thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,537thFattest Citizens: 2,946thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,062ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,143rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,301stMost Avoided: 3,672ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,887thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,998thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,089thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,379thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,575thHighest Economic Output: 4,602ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,718thHighest Average Incomes: 5,188thMost Devout: 5,195thMost Cultured: 5,235thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,350thMost Politically Free: 5,755thLargest Mining Sector: 6,388thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,042ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,516thTop
Most Pro-Market: 9,340thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,094thSmartest Citizens: 12,628thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,737thLargest Populations: 13,415thNudest: 15,091st
Most Efficient Economies: 30th in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 53rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 59th in the regionMost Armed: 60th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 82nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 84th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 90th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 109th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 112th in the regionMost Politically Free: 114th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 123rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 139th in the regionFattest Citizens: 140th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 149th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 163rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 170th in the regionMost Avoided: 181st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 186th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 196th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 205th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 212th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 216th in the regionMost Cultured: 224th in the regionMost Devout: 228th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 230th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 235th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 250th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 283rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 283rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 287th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 379th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 427th in the regionLargest Populations: 478th in the region

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