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Largest Retail Industry: 656th Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,776th Fattest Citizens: 1,810th
The Corporate Feudalist Emirate of
Compulsory Consumerist State
No king without commerce; no trade without the kingdom.
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Lower Mattasia

Population1.241 billion

CapitalSuvarnabhumi
LeaderHis Lordship Ramkhamhaeng VII
FaithEnlightened Profiteering

Currencyprecious gemstone
Animaltiger

The Corporate Feudalist Emirate of Lower Mattasia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by His Lordship Ramkhamhaeng VII with an iron fist, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, unlimited-speed roads, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.241 billion Lowlanders 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 prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Suvarnabhumi. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Lower Mattasian economy, worth 250 trillion precious gemstones a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 202,088 precious gemstones, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 841,478 per year while the poor average 31,726, a ratio of 26.5 to 1.

Children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards, and genocide is seen as a topic best avoided in history lessons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Lower Mattasia's national animal is the tiger, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Enlightened Profiteering.

Lower Mattasia is ranked 156,145th in the world and 89th in Lands End for Most Income Equality, scoring 3.77 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Largest Retail Industry: 656thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,776thFattest Citizens: 1,810thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,842ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,414thMost Avoided: 2,427thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,551stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,576thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,782ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,906thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,159thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,683rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,740thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,052ndRudest Citizens: 4,460thHighest Average Incomes: 5,535thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,047thLargest Mining Sector: 7,220thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,896thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,728thMost Armed: 9,177thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,903rdMost Efficient Economies: 11,548thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,553rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,868thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,430thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,202nd
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, genocide is seen as a topic best avoided in history lessons.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, people say that smog must be good for you because of its healthy green colour.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, wealthy students ride to school past mendicant dropouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, it's best to say "yes" if the arbiter asks "what are you, a moron?".
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower Mattasia, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.

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