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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 699th Most Avoided: 964th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 988th
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Papercuts and Skittles

Population12.468 billion

CapitalNew Brunswick


The Where the Circle Ends of Papercuts and Skittles is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Geoff with an iron fist, and renowned for its digital currency, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.468 billion Skitters are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Brunswick. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Skittlesian economy, worth a remarkable 3,110 trillion Slits a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 249,480 Slits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 962,898 per year while the poor average 44,407, a ratio of 21.7 to 1.

Relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly, national chefs believe that you can eat anything so long as you deep fry it first, Maxtopian villagers starve by the time Skittlesian officials even file the appropriate paperwork needed to help them, and family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Papercuts and Skittles's national animal is the Papercut, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Papercuts and Skittles is ranked 154,463rd in the world and 6,350th in the West Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 4.61 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 699thMost Avoided: 964thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 988thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,047thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,075thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,123rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,375thMost Influential: 1,539thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2,455thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,648thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,885thHighest Average Incomes: 2,928thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,175thHighest Economic Output: 3,247thMost Secular: 3,307thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,795thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,865thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,378thSmartest Citizens: 4,762ndLargest Black Market: 4,958thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,189thLargest Retail Industry: 6,576thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,606thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,176thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,019thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,501stLowest Crime Rates: 10,241stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,612thLargest Governments: 12,988thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,778thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,041stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,211thMost Efficient Economies: 14,655thLargest Populations: 15,832nd
Most Influential: 11th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 23rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 38th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 59th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 60th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 62nd in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 70th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 74th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 77th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 84th in the regionLargest Black Market: 84th in the regionMost Secular: 96th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 117th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 148th in the regionLargest Populations: 149th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 157th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 169th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 182nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 186th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 224th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 225th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 231st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 239th in the regionLargest Governments: 261st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 304th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 346th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 410th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 485th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 495th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 550th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 558th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 607th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 615th in the regionMost Developed: 635th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 140 » Yy4u, Bran Astor, Dalimbar, Gryphonian Alliance, Bhang Bhang Duc, Kittenlicious, Pandaland III, Wyndward, Westwind, Denieria, Win Mints, Keerim Foundation, Torkvale, Twisted Duality, The Holy Principality of Saint Mark, Oronia, Comia Noracon, WyEast, Leukogeras, The 9 Stars, BoxcarJim, Kisovec, DiscGolfLand, Acropylae, Abaja, Mirchusko, Cyno, The United Republic of Westend, Coung Komands, Allwarts, New Belia, United Adaikes, Wickedly evil people, Thyrall, Glorious Existence, Oometz, Avadon, The Union of American Territories, Robbinston, Dreamers for Hope, Shaktirajya, Champaign, Empire of Spartacus, New Democratic Republic of Russia, Psikuta, Liberillia, Nevafornia, Kingdom of Anderson, Archonina, Fallgriffin, and 90 others.The Father-Land, Suniterian, Greynne, Shaqolandia, Ferroia, Ellcrys, Greg Tucker, Divina Patriae, Fujai, Common Good, Mathematania, Triestine, Cerulean Prime, Mankerson, Orcatortugs, Svanland, Nedtherland, Atopias, Escapitania, LightBane, Condonohia, Moriari, Lynier, Matism, Maria, Meedvheyt, Cro Magnon, Numpties, Xiuhtezcatl, The Undivided, Fourth European Reich, Vugaland, Cazia Minor, New Velka, Royal Institution-Imperial Academy, Grandi Fiori, Pandaland II, Podium, Islamic Jerusalem, Cryland, Doggerstan, Ilmecith, Zamoland, North Sylar, Rivello, Ostindische, Tropical Isles, Crazy Waters, Loegries, Sensorland, Giovanniland, Marshalia, Darkesia, Arnic, Constantinopolisia, Teralyon, Fontenais, Isle Royale, Gulperozi Aria, The Rega, Psycho cats, Reddub, Saint Philip and Laurence, Yungtopia, Sik Levi, The Unified Missourtama States, TAO the Watcher, Utsang, Granducato Toscana, Great Sheriffdom, Toberkuibac, My Anxiety, Hertfordshire and Jammbo, Neo Clarus, The United Tribes of Bantai, Varstov, Altrealis, Mercia Regnum, Else Where Lands, El Valentino, The Fluffy Land, Fumafuma, WaffenBrightonburg, Montreal-Quebec, Halvard, Atheist States of Philippines, Varanius, Midproth, Pastern, and Meow-meow-mia.

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