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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,758thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,692ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,442nd
The Republic of
Corporate Bordello
The individual is king
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Optopias

Population348 million

CurrencyImperial
AnimalSloth

The Republic of Optopias is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its rum-swilling pirates, vat-grown people, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 348 million Optopiasians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 17.1%.

The all-consuming Optopiasian economy, worth 33.1 trillion Imperials a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Automobile Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is 95,160 Imperials, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner, Optopiasian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact, the Optopias Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', and only native-born Optopiasians who have never left the nation are permitted to run for office. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Optopias's national animal is the Sloth, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Optopias is ranked 56,538th in the world and 2,119th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 3,278.59 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,758thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,692ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,442ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,736thLargest Retail Industry: 14,418thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 17,293rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27,747th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 269th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 323rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 346th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 435th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 543rd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 737th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 784th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 916th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 960th in the regionFattest Citizens: 985th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,059th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Optopias, only native-born Optopiasians who have never left the nation are permitted to run for office.
  • : Following new legislation in Optopias, the Optopias Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon'.
  • : Following new legislation in Optopias, Optopiasian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in Optopias, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Optopias, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Optopias was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of The Blood Plutocrat, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Optopias was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of The Blood Plutocrat, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Optopias was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of The Blood Plutocrat, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Optopias was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of The Blood Plutocrat, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Optopias was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of The Blood Plutocrat, curing 1 million infected.

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