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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,590thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,832ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,918th
The Commonwealth of
Capitalist Paradise
Pianos are truth. The ONLY truth.
Chopin
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Pianolandia

Population2.314 billion

CapitalPianoville
LeaderChopin
FaithPianism

CurrencyNote
AnimalThree-legged Piano

The Commonwealth of Pianolandia is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chopin with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 2.314 billion Pianists are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Healthcare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pianoville. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Pianolandian economy, worth 276 trillion Notes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 119,681 Notes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 343,143 per year while the poor average 33,211, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

Vacationing hippies and old ladies are regularly arrested for bringing back contraband basketry, artificial intelligences seeking exciting work are overcome with ennui, Chopin can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees, and it is customary to begin the summer with a fasting ritual in which people eat nothing but kumquat smoothies. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Pianolandia's national animal is the Three-legged Piano, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pianism.

Pianolandia is ranked 12,687th in the world and 3rd in Geopolity for Most Armed, with 6.99 Weapons Per Person.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,590thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,832ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,918thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,269thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,688thRudest Citizens: 4,946thFattest Citizens: 5,063rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,256thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,501stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,960thLargest Retail Industry: 9,953rdLargest Insurance Industry: 10,113thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,104thTop
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Most Armed: 12,687thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,382ndMost Influential: 17,690thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,828thLargest Mining Sector: 22,297thHighest Average Incomes: 23,654thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,914th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pianolandia's influence in Geopolity rose from "Hatchling" to "Squire".
  • : Pianolandia altered its national flag.
  • : Pianolandia relocated from Balder to Geopolity.
  • : Following new legislation in Pianolandia, it is customary to begin the summer with a fasting ritual in which people eat nothing but kumquat smoothies.
  • : Pianolandia was refounded in Balder.
  • : Pianolandia ceased to exist in Geopolity.
  • : Pianolandia changed its national currency to "Note".
  • : Following new legislation in Pianolandia, Chopin can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Pianolandia, artificial intelligences seeking exciting work are overcome with ennui.
  • : Following new legislation in Pianolandia, vacationing hippies and old ladies are regularly arrested for bringing back contraband basketry.

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