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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thMost Patriotic: 73rd
The Mysterious Black Hole of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We have NOTHING to do with our 97% disappearance rate.
The High King of Roless
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population8.004 billion

LeaderThe High King of Roless

AnimalFunky badger

The Mysterious Black Hole of Roless is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The High King of Roless with an iron fist, and renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, infamous sell-swords, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.004 billion Rolessians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Administration are also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atchta. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Rolessian economy, worth a remarkable 3,489 trillion Rezzats a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 436,019 Rezzats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims, warfare increasingly resembles a video game, residents of newly dried out bays live in fear of leaky dikes, and billions of Rezzats are being blown on orbital weapons development. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Roless's national animal is the Funky badger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Funkyism.

Roless is ranked 15,198th in the world and 26th in Forest for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 5,852.21 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thMost Patriotic: 73rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 143rdHighest Poor Incomes: 256thMost Corrupt Governments: 393rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 480thMost Armed: 543rdLargest Black Market: 658thHighest Average Incomes: 661stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 826thMost Secular: 1,031stMost Influential: 1,102ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,009thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,180thLowest Crime Rates: 2,705thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,726thLargest Governments: 2,746thTop
Best Weather: 2,914thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,113thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,261stMost Conservative: 3,263rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,503rdHighest Economic Output: 4,762ndMost Developed: 5,771stMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,057thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,072ndSmartest Citizens: 7,285thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,504thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,681stHealthiest Citizens: 7,896thMost Authoritarian: 7,915thMost Efficient Economies: 9,005thRudest Citizens: 10,267thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,776thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,736thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 15,074thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,164thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,198th
Most Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 34th in the region

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