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Largest Gambling Industry: 1,061st Most Primitive: 1,432nd Largest Retail Industry: 2,070th
The Free Land of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Lakes, sunburn and sinkholes, oh my!
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Imperial Polk County

Population4.001 billion

CapitalBartow
LeaderThe Emperor Under the I-4 Overpass

Currencybuck
Animalbog turtle

The Free Land of Imperial Polk County is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Emperor Under the I-4 Overpass with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 4.001 billion Polkers are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Industry, although Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bartow. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Polkian economy, worth 529 trillion bucks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 132,284 bucks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 377,122 per year while the poor average 37,001, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

Teachers label difficult children as "somebody else's problem" before expelling them, the crispy fried liver of a bog turtle is prized as a tasty treat by vagrants, tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set, and ports have ground to a halt as no boat can reach them without trespassing. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Imperial Polk County's national animal is the bog turtle, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Imperial Polk County is ranked 11,220th in the world and 1st in Florida for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 6,044.8 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 1,061stMost Primitive: 1,432ndTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,070thHighest Crime Rates: 2,232ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,471stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,995thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,019thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,249thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,477thMost Avoided: 4,844thFattest Citizens: 5,117thMost Armed: 5,300thMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,732ndLargest Mining Sector: 6,283rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,437thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,400thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 8,413thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,220thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,528thLargest Black Market: 13,314thMost Influential: 13,554thRudest Citizens: 13,914th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Imperial Polk County lodged a message on the Florida Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Polk County, ports have ground to a halt as no boat can reach them without trespassing.
  • : Imperial Polk County was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Polk County, tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Polk County, the crispy fried liver of a bog turtle is prized as a tasty treat by vagrants.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Polk County, teachers label difficult children as "somebody else's problem" before expelling them.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Polk County, employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired.
  • : Imperial Polk County was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Polk County, the military struggles with recruitment.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Polk County, businessmen walk out of meetings halfway because their shift is over.

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