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The Saffron Golden Colony of
Corrupt Dictatorship
This storm will pass
Eminence Grise
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Nouveau Yathrib

Population13.243 billion


Animalgaruda starling

The Saffron Golden Colony of Nouveau Yathrib is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.243 billion Khuzifenqis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — prioritizes Administration, although Education, Industry, and Environment are also considered important, while Welfare and Defense receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 62.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Khuzifenqi economy, worth 577 trillion francRiels a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 43,613 francRiels, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 160,023 per year while the poor average 8,414, a ratio of 19.0 to 1.

Weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments, martial law has been declared and the populace is kept under tight control, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage, and even immigrants complain that immigrants keep taking their jobs. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Nouveau Yathrib's national animal is the garuda starling, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hinduism.

Nouveau Yathrib is ranked 261,244th in the world and 14th in Khuzifenq for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -15.17 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 695thTop
Most Devout: 2,731stBest Weather: 3,194thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,153rdMost Primitive: 6,012thLargest Black Market: 6,180thHealthiest Citizens: 7,670thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,525thMost Stationary: 9,593rdMost Corrupt Governments: 11,221stMost Cultured: 12,047thHighest Food Quality: 12,837thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,163rdTop
Most Influential: 13,473rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,679thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,726thMost Developed: 17,280thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,804thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,274thLargest Populations: 24,272ndMost Efficient Economies: 24,445thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25,319th
Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the region

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