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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,854thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,439thRudest Citizens: 2,812th
The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of
Left-Leaning College State
Sorry 'bout that. Nasty flu, eh?
Michael Talberg
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Podium

Population4.285 billion

CapitalEighburn
LeaderMichael Talberg

Currencypoint
Animalsergal

The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of Podium is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Michael Talberg with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working population of 4.285 billion Poduminians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eighburn. The average income tax rate is 66.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Poduminian economy, worth 777 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 impressive 181,490 points, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies, and there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies. Crime is totally unknown. Podium's national animal is the sergal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Podium is ranked 163,810th in the world and 3,995th in the West Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -2.9 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,854thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,439thRudest Citizens: 2,812thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,998thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,335thMost Inclusive: 3,454thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,763rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,774thSmartest Citizens: 4,162ndMost Influential: 4,316thMost Cultured: 4,381stMost Developed: 4,691stMost Secular: 5,903rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,384thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,896thHighest Average Incomes: 8,756thHealthiest Citizens: 10,239thMost Efficient Economies: 10,689thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,851stLongest Average Lifespans: 11,980thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 13,148thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,600thLargest Governments: 14,186thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,375thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,788thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,644thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,696thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,084thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,682ndLargest Retail Industry: 21,247thLowest Crime Rates: 21,873rdHighest Economic Output: 23,953rd
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 49th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 69th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 75th in the regionMost Inclusive: 82nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 85th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 94th in the regionMost Cultured: 95th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 101st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 102nd in the regionMost Developed: 108th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 134th in the regionMost Influential: 145th in the regionMost Secular: 162nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 167th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 171st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 192nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 223rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 249th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 255th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 258th in the regionLargest Governments: 260th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 261st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 266th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 288th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 288th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 296th in the regionNudest: 305th in the regionNicest Citizens: 316th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 382nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 398th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 440th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 482nd in the regionLargest Populations: 498th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 510th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 523rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Podium, there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Podium was endorsed by The Armed Republic of Ostrogothaland.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, a the West Pacific Tourist Association survey has rated Podium #1 for number twos.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, local government operates tolls on every village road.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, self-driving cars occasionally mow down pedestrians to avoid inconveniencing passengers.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, every week is blindness awareness week.

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