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Highest Disposable Incomes: 111thLargest Insurance Industry: 152ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 152nd
The Federation of
Corporate Bordello
In guns we trust, unless persuaded otherwise.
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Lowsten

Population19.576 billion

CapitalHi Vue
LeaderPresident James Spanier
FaithZunism

CurrencyLowsten Credit
AnimalPenguin

The Federation of Lowsten is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President James Spanier with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, flagrant waste-dumping, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.576 billion Lowstenians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hi Vue. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Lowstenian economy, worth a remarkable 9,874 trillion Lowsten Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. Average income is a breathtaking 504,424 Lowsten Credits, with the richest citizens earning 6.0 times as much as the poorest.

The nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts, gossip magazines have pictures of President James Spanier sunbathing on the beach with political rivals, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, and paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark. Crime is totally unknown. Lowsten's national animal is the Penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Zunism.

Lowsten is ranked 229th in the world and 11th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 16,982.16 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 111thLargest Insurance Industry: 152ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 152ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 214thMost Efficient Economies: 215thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 227thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 229thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 232ndHighest Average Incomes: 288thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 298thFattest Citizens: 345thLargest Mining Sector: 356thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 383rdHighest Economic Output: 440thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 571stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 673rdMost Avoided: 682ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 897thLargest Gambling Industry: 925thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,056thRudest Citizens: 1,169thLargest Governments: 1,273rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,374thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,475thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,643rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,660thLargest Retail Industry: 1,729thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,744thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,807thSmartest Citizens: 1,816thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,919thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,090thLowest Crime Rates: 4,351stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,641stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,919thLargest Black Market: 5,417thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,542ndLargest Populations: 6,725thMost Armed: 7,741stMost Cultured: 7,911thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10,998thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,809thMost Secular: 15,635thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,650thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,741stHighest Drug Use: 18,421st
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionFattest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 26th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 27th in the regionMost Avoided: 29th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 32nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 34th in the regionLargest Governments: 38th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 42nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 45th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 46th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 48th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 50th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 58th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 60th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 84th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 98th in the regionLargest Populations: 107th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 115th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 118th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 139th in the regionMost Cultured: 190th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 214th in the regionLargest Black Market: 240th in the regionMost Armed: 243rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 267th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 273rd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 466th in the regionMost Secular: 488th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 505th in the regionMost Influential: 514th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 582nd in the region

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