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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,311thMost Armed: 2,919thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,124th
The Grand Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Days Many, Woes Few
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Potomackia

Population5.784 billion

CapitalElizabethtown
LeaderPresident Ewan Yoak
FaithChristianity

Currencydollar
Animallion

The Grand Empire of Potomackia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by President Ewan Yoak with an even hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 5.784 billion Potomackians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elizabethtown. The average income tax rate is 79.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Potomackian economy, worth a remarkable 1,182 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 204,483 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Armed police are cracking down on untaxed collectable-card-trading in local junior schools, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references, and the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Potomackia's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

Potomackia is ranked 17,264th in the world and 60th in United Kingdom for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 79 Effective Tax Rate.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,311thMost Armed: 2,919thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,124thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,160thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,946thLargest Black Market: 4,710thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,985thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,265thMost Efficient Economies: 6,488thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,897thHighest Average Incomes: 7,625thNudest: 8,059thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,551stMost Corrupt Governments: 8,840thLargest Retail Industry: 9,198thLargest Mining Sector: 9,645thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,863rdLargest Governments: 12,029thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,134thMost Developed: 12,811thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,601stTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,395thMost Cultured: 15,656thSmartest Citizens: 15,865thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,561stHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,264thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,396thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,110thHighest Economic Output: 19,503rdLowest Crime Rates: 20,561stLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,571stMost Inclusive: 21,732ndHighest Food Quality: 23,096thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,321stMost Scientifically Advanced: 25,386thLargest Agricultural Sector: 27,712thMost Devout: 29,370thMost Advanced Public Transport: 29,945th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionNudest: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 31st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 43rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 45th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 46th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 55th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 60th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 60th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 62nd in the regionMost Developed: 63rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 74th in the regionMost Cultured: 77th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 79th in the regionRudest Citizens: 83rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 88th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 89th in the regionMost Devout: 94th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Potomackia, the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods".
  • : Following new legislation in Potomackia, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references.
  • : Following new legislation in Potomackia, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma.
  • : Following new legislation in Potomackia, armed police are cracking down on untaxed collectable-card-trading in local junior schools.
  • : Potomackia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry and the Top 10% for Most Devout.
  • : Potomackia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Mokastana".
  • : Potomackia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Reducing Addiction".
  • : Following new legislation in Potomackia, members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Potomackia, no animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it.
  • : Following new legislation in Potomackia, holidaymakers sleep curled up on the floor as hotel beds are replaced with oversized bookcases.

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