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Rudest Citizens: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 7thMost Armed: 8th
The Borderlands of
Corporate Bordello
...
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Nothreen

Population10.109 billion

CurrencyNoos
Animaldove

The Borderlands of Nothreen is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its smutty television, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 10.109 billion Nothreenians 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 minute, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Defense also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment are ignored. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Nothreenian economy, worth a remarkable 4,532 trillion Noos a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 448,376 Noos, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,181,641 per year while the poor average 4,263, a ratio of 980 to 1.

Advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Leader's most personal functions, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups, and dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Nothreen's national animal is the dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Nothreen is ranked 272,749th in the world and 12,560th in the South Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 0.1 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Rudest Citizens: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 7thMost Armed: 8thLargest Retail Industry: 13thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16thMost Avoided: 16thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 17thFattest Citizens: 29thLargest Gambling Industry: 40thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 59thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 77thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 86thMost Rebellious Youth: 87thMost Ignorant Citizens: 151stHighest Disposable Incomes: 174thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 234thMost Corrupt Governments: 257thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 355thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 403rdHighest Average Incomes: 605thLargest Mining Sector: 673rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 885thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,095thMost Politically Free: 1,293rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,317thMost Pro-Market: 1,379thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,510thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,313thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,391stTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,972ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,194thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,197thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,264thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,012thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,627thMost Stationary: 12,278thMost Inclusive: 13,115thTop
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Most Influential: 15,090thLargest Black Market: 17,272ndHighest Drug Use: 24,777th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 34th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 39th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 44th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 49th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 63rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 83rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 85th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 93rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 94th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 107th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 221st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 225th in the regionLargest Black Market: 240th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 271st in the regionNudest: 360th in the regionLargest Populations: 360th in the regionMost Inclusive: 469th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 643rd in the regionMost Influential: 960th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Leader's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the booming slave trade is now government-funded.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, vehicular homicide by Nothreenian ambassadors is a leading cause of death throughout the world's capital cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, where your food came from is an unknowable mystery.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, tourists flock from around the world to see Nothreen's famed 'rainbow slums'.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, community organizers have given up going door to door because nobody is home.

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