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Highest Disposable Incomes: 10,597thLargest Mining Sector: 11,248thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,383rd
The Shadow Empire of
Moralistic Democracy
If you canít beat em, Eat em
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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New Margaux

Population2.337 billion

LeaderEmperor Nikolai Naves


The Shadow Empire of New Margaux is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Nikolai Naves with an even hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, soft-spoken computers, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed population of 2.337 billion New Margauxians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, moralistic government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Triablo. The average income tax rate is 15.4%.

The powerhouse New Margauxian economy, worth 218 trillion Marguins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 93,544 Marguins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

On-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life, military barracks resemble five-star hotels, it is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors, and journalists giggle uncontrollably while reporting the nation's drug bonfires. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Margaux's national animal is the Falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

New Margaux is ranked 27,482nd in the world and 422nd in 10000 Islands for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 11,766.57 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Highest Disposable Incomes: 10,597thLargest Mining Sector: 11,248thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,383rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,466thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,014thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,321stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,883rdMost Conservative: 18,079thLargest Agricultural Sector: 19,354thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,237th
Most Conservative: 69th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 71st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 72nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 92nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 104th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 109th in the region

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