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Largest Publishing Industry: 1,372nd Largest Gambling Industry: 1,983rd Most Rebellious Youth: 2,102nd
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Nikolaos The Great

Population20.82 billion

LeaderTechnocrat Nikolaos Konstantonopoulos


The City-States of Nikopolis of Nikolaos The Great is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Technocrat Nikolaos Konstantonopoulos with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 20.82 billion Hellenes hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, although Healthcare is also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nikopolis. The average income tax rate is 4.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Hellenic economy, worth a remarkable 3,312 trillion Drachmas 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, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. 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 impressive 159,095 Drachmas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves, and cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Nikolaos The Great's national animal is the owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Hellenism.

Nikolaos The Great is ranked 7,473rd in the world and 2nd in Greece for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 29,071.57 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 1,372ndTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 1,983rdMost Rebellious Youth: 2,102ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,504thHighest Economic Output: 2,605thSmartest Citizens: 2,756thHighest Crime Rates: 3,048thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,066thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,139thMost Armed: 3,415thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,931stLargest Populations: 4,214thMost Cultured: 4,308thMost Avoided: 4,331stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,420thMost Devout: 4,443rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,929thRudest Citizens: 5,317thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,608thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,755thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,055thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,146thNudest: 6,467thLargest Black Market: 6,771stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,473rdTop
Most Politically Free: 9,162ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,825thHighest Average Incomes: 10,730thHighest Drug Use: 10,848thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,109thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,703rdMost Efficient Economies: 13,426thMost Developed: 15,830th
Most Armed: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the region

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