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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,676thLargest Mining Sector: 5,376thMost Avoided: 7,171st
The Are You Ready To Rumble of
Father Knows Best State
Audemus jura nostra defendere *sparkle mood*
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Frightening
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I 59

Population7.022 billion

CapitalBirmingham
LeaderEisenhower
FaithConstructionist

Currencytoll
AnimalBarracuda

The Are You Ready To Rumble of I 59 is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Eisenhower with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 7.022 billion Highwaymen are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Birmingham. The average income tax rate is 50.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Roadworthy economy, worth 783 trillion tolls 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 large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 impressive 111,537 tolls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Troublemakers just happen to be reassigned to distant mining operations, the government has certified several glow-in-the-dark athletes as drug free, I 59 isn't what it used to be, and anyone who so much as frowns risks being referred to a mental health unit. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. I 59's national animal is the Barracuda, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Constructionist.

I 59 is ranked 254,222nd in the world and 5th in Alabama for Most Beautiful Environments, with 73.47 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,676thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 5,376thMost Avoided: 7,171stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,132ndLargest Black Market: 11,398thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,669thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 15,481stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,341stMost Stationary: 18,771stMost Secular: 21,914thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25,703rdMost Developed: 26,631st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens and the Top 10% for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : I 59 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.

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