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Most Valuable International Artwork: 6,657thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,885thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,201st
The SPU Member State of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We are all ideologies, but none at the same time
Emperor Arthur IV
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Rare

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Greater Saint-Paul

Population3.174 billion

CapitalSaint Paul
LeaderEmperor Arthur IV

CurrencyReal Mark
AnimalCockatiel

The SPU Member State of Greater Saint-Paul is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Emperor Arthur IV with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, soft-spoken computers, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.174 billion Paulistians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Paul. The average income tax rate is 60.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Paulistian economy, worth 302 trillion Real Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is 95,398 Real Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Acupuncture is routinely prescribed for intravenous drug addicts, disposable antiseptic wipes are considered a social necessity, billions of Real Marks are being blown on orbital weapons development, and frustrated women are overjoyed at the provision of communal washing machines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Greater Saint-Paul's national animal is the Cockatiel, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Greater Saint-Paul is ranked 174,588th in the world and 8,037th in The North Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -70.33 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,201stLargest Mining Sector: 16,216thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,078thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,329thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19,394th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 361st in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 489th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 513th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 559th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 659th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 699th in the regionMost Stationary: 882nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 933rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 941st in the region

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