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Most Armed: 53rd Highest Crime Rates: 67th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 187th
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Pale Mountains of Klesh

Population15.877 billion

AnimalHilly Goat

The Bandit Kings of Pale Mountains of Klesh is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, absence of drug laws, and exploding hoverboards. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 15.877 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 5,222 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 328,923 Corics, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,215,263 per year while the poor average 18,182, a ratio of 121 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 3,233rd in the world and 4th in Eladen for Most Stationary, with 2,327.7068436 Days.

Most Armed: 53rdHighest Crime Rates: 67thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 187thFattest Citizens: 193rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 194thMost Avoided: 207thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 249thLargest Gambling Industry: 303rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 308thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 447thHighest Disposable Incomes: 461stRudest Citizens: 639thMost Rebellious Youth: 786thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 820thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 884thMost Efficient Economies: 955thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,042ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,167thHighest Economic Output: 1,394thLargest Mining Sector: 1,428thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,588thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,592ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,180thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,493rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,891stMost Corrupt Governments: 3,113thMost Stationary: 3,233rdMost Cultured: 3,356thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,817thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,350thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,331stHighest Drug Use: 5,786thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,961stMost Pro-Market: 7,168thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,194thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,482ndTop
Largest Black Market: 7,904thSmartest Citizens: 8,203rdLargest Populations: 8,665thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,076thMost Devout: 10,288thMost Influential: 12,411th
Highest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the region

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