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Most Valuable International Artwork: 760thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 992ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,269th
The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of
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Your Honour, twasn't a crime if done for the vine.
Michael Talberg
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Population10.814 billion

LeaderMichael Talberg


The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of Podium is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Michael Talberg with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, otherworldly petting zoo, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.814 billion Poduminians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eighburn. The average income tax rate is 9.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Poduminian economy, worth a remarkable 2,226 trillion points a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 205,913 points, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions, sharing vacation pictures requires written consent from the entire beach resort, legislation sometimes has to battle through weeks of filibustering to pass, and television executives are interested in turning Michael Talberg's zany home life into a sitcom. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Podium's national animal is the sergal, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Podium is ranked 250,453rd in the world and 2,986th in the West Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -65.78 on the Rand Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 760thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 992ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,269thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,323rdMost Influential: 1,498thRudest Citizens: 1,775thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,826thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,921stMost Inclusive: 1,959thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,984thHighest Crime Rates: 2,338thHighest Food Quality: 2,481stMost Rebellious Youth: 2,539thMost Secular: 2,629thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,680thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,911thTop
Smartest Citizens: 3,635thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,120thMost Cultured: 4,659thHealthiest Citizens: 4,740thMost Developed: 5,052ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,734thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,052ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,046thNicest Citizens: 8,107thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,744thMost Armed: 9,137thHighest Average Incomes: 9,137thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,595thBest Weather: 9,816thHighest Economic Output: 10,517thLargest Retail Industry: 13,978thTop
Most Patriotic: 17,563rdMost Efficient Economies: 23,177thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24,337thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25,934thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 27,488th
Most Influential: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 32nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 33rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 34th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 37th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 41st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 44th in the regionMost Secular: 46th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 50th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 59th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 59th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 59th in the regionMost Cultured: 74th in the regionMost Armed: 81st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 85th in the regionMost Developed: 89th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 90th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 108th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 117th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 120th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 138th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 148th in the regionNicest Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 166th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 168th in the regionMost Patriotic: 169th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 183rd in the regionTop
Best Weather: 188th in the regionNudest: 196th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 215th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 253rd in the regionLargest Populations: 265th in the regionLargest Black Market: 284th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 287th in the regionMost Stationary: 366th in the region

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