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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 318thLargest Gambling Industry: 559thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 653rd
The Platypus Ponasking Pirates of
Capitalist Paradise
Nay anthropomorphize computers. They hates that!
Cap'n Squidface McSwine
Influence
Page
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Mach2

Population17.128 billion

LeaderCap'n Squidface McSwine

CurrencyDoubloon
AnimalThick-billed Parrot

The Platypus Ponasking Pirates of Mach2 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Cap'n Squidface McSwine with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of public education, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 17.128 billion Mach2ians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Mach2ian economy, worth a remarkable 3,183 trillion Doubloons a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 185,848 Doubloons, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 961,334 per year while the poor average 19,519, a ratio of 49.2 to 1.

Advanced mathematics books explain how two plus two equals five, wait staff claim to like it when odorous customers flirt with them, the Messiah (formerly known as Brian) is a mayoral candidate, and teddy bears and pajamas have replaced briefcases and suits in Mach2's offices. Crime is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Mach2's national animal is the Thick-billed Parrot, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Mach2 is ranked 235,053rd in the world and 7,839th in Osiris for Most Primitive, scoring -366.33 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 318thLargest Gambling Industry: 559thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 653rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 697thFattest Citizens: 783rdHighest Crime Rates: 934thMost Avoided: 1,134thMost Armed: 1,135thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,319thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,902ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,999thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,182ndRudest Citizens: 2,201stTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3,098thLargest Mining Sector: 4,170thHighest Economic Output: 4,393rdMost Stationary: 4,965thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,888thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,028thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,088thHighest Average Incomes: 8,237thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,274thMost Devout: 8,884thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,141stLargest Publishing Industry: 11,492ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,732ndLargest Populations: 12,054thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,083rdMost Corrupt Governments: 13,824thMost Influential: 14,177thMost Efficient Economies: 17,385thMost Cultured: 17,522ndHighest Drug Use: 19,178thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,716thMost Pro-Market: 22,005thLargest Black Market: 23,514th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 25th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 28th in the regionFattest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Armed: 41st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 43rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 51st in the regionMost Avoided: 56th in the regionMost Stationary: 61st in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 86th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 106th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 107th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 110th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 155th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 166th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 215th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 250th in the regionMost Influential: 251st in the regionLargest Populations: 288th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 300th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 343rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 387th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 395th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 396th in the regionMost Devout: 396th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 400th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 410th in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 591st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 595th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 610th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 630th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 696th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 800th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mach2, teddy bears and pajamas have replaced briefcases and suits in Mach2's offices.
  • : Following new legislation in Mach2, the Messiah (formerly known as Brian) is a mayoral candidate.
  • : Following new legislation in Mach2, wait staff claim to like it when odorous customers flirt with them.
  • : Following new legislation in Mach2, advanced mathematics books explain how two plus two equals five.
  • : Mach2 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Mach2, elections have recently been reintroduced to Mach2.
  • : Mach2 was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • : Mach2 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Following new legislation in Mach2, hand-to-hand combat experience is udderly essential for all dairy ranchers.
  • : Mach2 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.

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