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Most Devout: 108thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 290thMost Ignorant Citizens: 452nd
The Holy Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Oderint dum metuant
Lord-Protector Foley
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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New United States of Columbia

Population11.484 billion

CapitalWashington
LeaderLord-Protector Foley
FaithThe Founders Cult

CurrencySilver Eagle
AnimalBald Eagle

The Holy Empire of New United States of Columbia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord-Protector Foley with an iron fist, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, soft-spoken computers, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 11.484 billion Columbians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Washington. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Columbian economy, worth a remarkable 2,850 trillion Silver Eagles 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Basket Weaving. 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 an amazing 248,172 Silver Eagles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 759,272 per year while the poor average 62,832, a ratio of 12.1 to 1.

Shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile, the government is flooded with compensation requests, and birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New United States of Columbia's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Founders Cult.

New United States of Columbia is ranked 213,264th in the world and 7,530th in Osiris for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -114.82 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Devout: 108thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 290thMost Ignorant Citizens: 452ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 789thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 854thLargest Mining Sector: 1,151stLargest Black Market: 1,335thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,614thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,625thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,914thMost Armed: 2,042ndTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,988thMost Efficient Economies: 3,085thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,127thHighest Average Incomes: 3,468thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,711thBest Weather: 4,587thHighest Economic Output: 4,719thLargest Governments: 7,165thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,382ndMost Cultured: 7,444thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,771stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,505thMost Conservative: 9,637thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,071stTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,559thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,193rdMost Authoritarian: 13,387thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,537thMost Primitive: 17,829thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,652ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 21,018thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,765thLargest Populations: 22,483rd
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Most Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 57th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 63rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 65th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 81st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 92nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 109th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 138th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 143rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 179th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 179th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 184th in the regionBest Weather: 197th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 309th in the regionMost Conservative: 337th in the regionMost Cultured: 367th in the regionLargest Governments: 383rd in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 428th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 464th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 478th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 517th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 600th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 640th in the regionLargest Populations: 649th in the regionMost Primitive: 722nd in the region

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