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Largest Retail Industry: 153rd Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 561st Largest Cheese Export Sector: 589th
The Casino Nation of
Corporate Bordello
Gamble, now and forever
Niklas Axel
Regional Bookmaker
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population5.69 billion

CapitalStockholm and Malmö
LeaderNiklas Axel


The Casino Nation of Nickeline is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Niklas Axel with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, digital currency, and smutty television. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 5.69 billion Nickelineans 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 relatively small, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stockholm and Malmö. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Nickelinean economy, worth a remarkable 1,819 trillion Nickels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an amazing 319,741 Nickels, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

Wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, reddish-brown is the new black, the national anthem is a rather effective sleeping aid, and teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects. Crime is totally unknown. Nickeline's national animal is the Lynx, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Gambling.

Nickeline is ranked 2,158th in the world and 3rd in Elemental Nations for Most Cultured, scoring 219 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Largest Retail Industry: 153rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 561stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 589thHighest Disposable Incomes: 715thMost Inclusive: 868thRudest Citizens: 1,056thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,066thHighest Average Incomes: 1,312thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,331stTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,927thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,967thMost Cultured: 2,158thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,575thNicest Citizens: 2,954thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,006thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,115thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,164thSmartest Citizens: 3,317thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,790thLargest Black Market: 3,835thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,902ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,294thMost Pacifist: 4,559thLargest Governments: 4,800thMost Developed: 4,814thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,927thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,299thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,397thHighest Economic Output: 7,078thMost Efficient Economies: 7,389thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,428thMost Secular: 8,491stTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,691stHealthiest Citizens: 11,118thMost Politically Free: 11,825thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,425thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,514thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,755thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,072ndLargest Welfare Programs: 14,749thMost Stationary: 15,140thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,462ndMost Influential: 15,830thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,099thLowest Crime Rates: 16,828th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, the national anthem is a rather effective sleeping aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, reddish-brown is the new black.
  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps.
  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, vehicular homicide by Nickelinean ambassadors is a leading cause of death throughout the world's capital cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, suburban families are finding themselves increasingly short on food as they waste precious water on their lawns.
  • : Nickeline was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Corporate Bordello".
  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants.
  • : Following new legislation in Nickeline, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : Nickeline was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans and the Top 10% for Lowest Crime Rates.


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