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Pale Mountains of Klesh

Population19.08 billion

AnimalHilly Goat

The Bandit Kings of Pale Mountains of Klesh is a gargantuan, efficient nation, remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 19.08 billion Bandits live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Bandit economy, worth a remarkable 6,323 trillion Corics a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 331,408 Corics, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,090,982 per year while the poor average 3,148, a ratio of 981 to 1.

Vile black smog from coal power plants has enveloped several major urban centres, Bandit athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios, and electricity company executives pray nightly to Zeus and Thor. 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. Pale Mountains of Klesh's national animal is the Hilly Goat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pale Mountains of Klesh is ranked 39,008th in the world and 8th in Eladen for Most Politically Free, scoring 78.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 65thMost Armed: 70thHighest Crime Rates: 79thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 134thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 192ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 222ndMost Avoided: 230thFattest Citizens: 230thLargest Gambling Industry: 282ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 291stHighest Disposable Incomes: 485thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 498thMost Rebellious Youth: 777thRudest Citizens: 834thHighest Economic Output: 1,292ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,319thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,321stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,366thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,419thHighest Average Incomes: 1,509thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,713thLargest Mining Sector: 1,827thLargest Retail Industry: 2,126thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,571stMost Stationary: 2,881stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,044thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,086thMost Cultured: 3,562ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,254thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,275thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,892ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,254thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,438thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,592ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,856thLargest Populations: 8,211thSmartest Citizens: 9,056thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,539thTop
Largest Black Market: 12,613thMost Devout: 13,862ndMost Influential: 14,754thHighest Drug Use: 15,912thMost Pro-Market: 17,596thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,904th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the region

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