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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,562nd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,640th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,156th
The Semi-Autonomous Region of
Iron Fist Consumerists
A Semi-Autonomous Mattalanian Region
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Pattalania

Population2.547 billion

CapitalPattalania
LeaderJosé Antonio de Rodríguez
FaithMattalanity

CurrencyMattalanian Dollar
AnimalArctic Penguin

The Semi-Autonomous Region of Pattalania is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by José Antonio de Rodríguez with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, compulsory military service, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.547 billion Pattalanians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pattalania. The average income tax rate is 65.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Pattalan economy, worth 464 trillion Mattalanian Dollars 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 impressive 182,302 Mattalanian Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

An underground group of geologists hides new discoveries to protect them from being destroyed in the name of safety, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, women are often jailed for failing to fetch their husbands' slippers, and women can do what they like if they do what they are told. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pattalania's national animal is the Arctic Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is Mattalanity.

Pattalania is ranked 3,951st in the world and 1st in Union of Shoddy Subaverage Republics for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 6,907.19 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,562ndTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,640thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,156thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,374thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,462ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,495thLargest Black Market: 2,799thMost Avoided: 2,990thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,242ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,428thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,951stLargest Mining Sector: 3,972ndNudest: 4,367thMost Devout: 5,710thMost Conservative: 6,227thHighest Average Incomes: 7,456thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,617thLargest Retail Industry: 10,044thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,436thFattest Citizens: 13,468thLowest Crime Rates: 13,814thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,980thMost Authoritarian: 14,954thMost Efficient Economies: 15,947thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,002nd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the region

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