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Nudest: 3,972ndMost Authoritarian: 9,813thMost Conservative: 10,861st
The Shattered Warring Nations of
Iron Fist Consumerists
By The People For The Pentacorns
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Greater Thistand

Population1.844 billion

CapitalThe City of The Strait
LeaderThe Supreme One
FaithWorship of the Pentacorn

CurrencyPentacorn Horns
AnimalPentacorn

The Shattered Warring Nations of Greater Thistand is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Supreme One with an iron fist, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, ritual sacrifices, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.844 billion Thistandesians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Healthcare, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The City of The Strait. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.4%.

The Greater Thistandese economy, worth 120 trillion Pentacorn Horns 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 slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Cheese Exports, 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 65,337 Pentacorn Horns, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 188,872 per year while the poor average 17,924, a ratio of 10.5 to 1.

The giant 80-storey carving of The Supreme One in Mount Rushless can be seen from space, games of cops and robbers typically end in at least one fatal shooting, police wait behind troop deployments in order to shoot deserters, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. Crime is moderate, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Greater Thistand's national animal is the Pentacorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Worship of the Pentacorn.

Greater Thistand is ranked 67,850th in the world and 5th in Mirror World for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 2,623.85 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Nudest: 3,972ndMost Authoritarian: 9,813thMost Conservative: 10,861stTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,624thMost Ignorant Citizens: 23,673rd
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Nudest: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the region

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