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Population18.673 billion

CapitalWashington DC
LeaderPresident Joseph R Biden
FaithProtestant Christianity

CurrencyUnited States Dollar $
AnimalBald Eagle

The United States of Paramountica is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Joseph R Biden with a fair hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, digital currency, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 18.673 billion Paramericans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Washington DC. The average income tax rate is 6.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Paramerican economy, worth a remarkable 8,101 trillion United States Dollar $s a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 433,867 United States Dollar $s, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, and airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Paramountica's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Protestant Christianity.

Paramountica is ranked 928th in the world and 3rd in Commonwealth of Liberty for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 74,720.45 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 125thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 219thMost Scientifically Advanced: 236thHighest Disposable Incomes: 240thMost Efficient Economies: 290thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 316thHighest Poor Incomes: 323rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 515thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 535thHighest Average Incomes: 580thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 660thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 666thLargest Insurance Industry: 717thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 794thHighest Economic Output: 804thLargest Information Technology Sector: 928thSmartest Citizens: 940thFattest Citizens: 960thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,066thMost Secular: 1,295thMost Avoided: 1,397thLargest Mining Sector: 1,718thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,802ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,062ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,228thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,305thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,341stLargest Governments: 2,346thMost Patriotic: 2,826thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,487thMost Developed: 3,506thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,532ndLargest Black Market: 4,212thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,855thLowest Crime Rates: 5,034thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,076thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,619thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,927thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,517thLargest Populations: 9,640thMost Stationary: 10,075thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,476thTop
Nudest: 11,663rdMost Inclusive: 13,286thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,695thMost Politically Free: 19,090thMost Cultured: 20,796th
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the region

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