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Largest Gambling Industry: 1,145thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,940thLargest Populations: 3,922nd
The Armed Protectorate of
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Make yourselves sheep
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Population27.574 billion

LeaderGeneral Bélier

Animalovis aries

The Armed Protectorate of Ministeria is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by General Bélier with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 27.574 billion Ministerians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Social Policy and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Healthcare receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Ministerian economy, worth a remarkable 3,574 trillion Sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 129,640 Sovereigns, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

The new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?", international trade is a sticky issue, Ministerian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests, and the term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Ministeria's national animal is the ovis aries, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Sheepism.

Ministeria is ranked 202,198th in the world and 6th in The New Meritocracy for Most Income Equality, scoring 14.65 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Gambling Industry: 1,145thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,940thTop
Largest Populations: 3,922ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,164thHighest Economic Output: 4,403rdHighest Crime Rates: 7,062ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,333rdMost Rebellious Youth: 7,467thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,579thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10,392ndNudest: 11,214thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 14,821stMost Stationary: 16,013thSmartest Citizens: 16,974thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,380thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,684thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,507thLargest Black Market: 21,765thHighest Average Incomes: 21,908thMost Developed: 22,680thMost Efficient Economies: 22,823rd

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