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Largest Agricultural Sector: 745thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,002ndRudest Citizens: 1,634th
The Egg Hunters of
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Your Honour, twasn't a warcrime if I had fun doing it.
Michael Talberg
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Population6.969 billion

LeaderMichael Talberg


The Egg Hunters of Podium is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Michael Talberg with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, soft-spoken computers, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.969 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 17.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Poduminian economy, worth a remarkable 1,446 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 fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 207,559 points, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The election for Michael Talberg's office's janitor is heating up, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, the government's economic policy can be summed up as "Abort, Retry, Fail?", and hospitals in Podium are too busy serving the needs of the West Pacific to see Poduminians. Crime is totally unknown. Podium's national animal is the sergal, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Podium is ranked 135,541st in the world and 3,125th in the West Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 72.36 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 745thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,002ndRudest Citizens: 1,634thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,803rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,879thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,941stMost Inclusive: 1,961stMost Influential: 2,031stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,193rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,388thHighest Food Quality: 2,407thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,751stMost Cultured: 2,815thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,112thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,755thMost Secular: 3,809thMost Developed: 3,870thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,098thHighest Average Incomes: 6,704thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,576thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,351stHealthiest Citizens: 9,209thLargest Retail Industry: 9,900thNicest Citizens: 10,166thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,632ndMost Beautiful Environments: 12,068thMost Patriotic: 12,417thTop
Highest Economic Output: 13,925thMost Efficient Economies: 16,860thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,893rdHighest Drug Use: 21,555thLargest Governments: 23,456thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24,550thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24,646thMost Advanced Public Education: 26,025th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 22nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26th in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 33rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 38th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 46th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 47th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 47th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 49th in the regionMost Cultured: 52nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 54th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 61st in the regionMost Developed: 72nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Secular: 84th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 91st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 108th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 141st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 175th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 182nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 190th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 193rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 201st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 214th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 220th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 230th in the regionNicest Citizens: 235th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 256th in the regionLargest Black Market: 281st in the regionMost Armed: 282nd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 316th in the regionLargest Populations: 328th in the regionLargest Governments: 406th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 452nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 481st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 520th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 574th in the region

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