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Largest Insurance Industry: 214th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 246th Most Avoided: 271st
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
Hair Broom
Emperor Emeritus
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population24.224 billion

LeaderHair Broom
Faithworshipping Zeus and Hades

AnimalGolden Eagle

The Empire of Onderkelkia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Hair Broom with an iron fist, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, prohibition of alcohol, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 24.224 billion Onderkelkians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Inginas. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Onderkelkian economy, worth a remarkable 7,961 trillion Sovereigns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 328,651 Sovereigns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,963,108 per year while the poor average 25,071, a ratio of 78.3 to 1.

Hairdressers are among those who have disappeared overnight, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams, flogging is all the rage, and the sidewalk is used as an overtaking lane by city drivers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Onderkelkia's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is worshipping Zeus and Hades.

Onderkelkia is ranked 168,466th in the world and 341st in The Land of Kings and Emperors for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 8.1 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Largest Insurance Industry: 214thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 246thMost Avoided: 271stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 271stLargest Gambling Industry: 278thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 293rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 324thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 378thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 392ndHighest Economic Output: 429thFattest Citizens: 433rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 451stLargest Retail Industry: 523rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 596thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 696thLargest Mining Sector: 714thMost Corrupt Governments: 725thMost Devout: 883rdHighest Average Incomes: 964thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,315thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,727thMost Conservative: 1,793rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,092ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,249thLargest Populations: 2,375thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,674thMost Stationary: 3,272ndMost Extreme: 4,843rdRudest Citizens: 5,223rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,345thMost Armed: 5,878thLargest Black Market: 5,959thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,324thMost Pro-Market: 7,917thMost Influential: 8,237thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 10,849thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,250thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,634th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Extreme: 5th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the region

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