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Largest Populations: 2,690th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,144th Highest Economic Output: 3,864th
The Feminine Feline Colony of
Corporate Police State
I Know What You're Thinking, I Can Read your Mind
Influence
Hegemony
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Salems Den

Population23.39 billion

CurrencyClaw
AnimalBlack Panther

The Feminine Feline Colony of Salems Den is a gargantuan, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 23.39 billion Shadows are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.9%.

The frighteningly efficient a Shadow economy, worth a remarkable 2,346 trillion Claws a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 100,306 Claws, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 573,548 per year while the poor average 8,483, a ratio of 67.6 to 1.

Hundreds of thousands of convicts work as slaves in Salems Den's many privately-owned prisons, teenage fathers are forced to join the army, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, and the Black Panther is believed to be extinct. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force. Salems Den's national animal is the Black Panther, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Salems Den is ranked 134,974th in the world and 2nd in Cat Burglars for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 10 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Populations: 2,690thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,144thHighest Economic Output: 3,864thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,823rdMost Pro-Market: 4,903rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,457thMost Avoided: 6,410thFattest Citizens: 6,458thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,697thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,188thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,347thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 8,512thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,676thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,297thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,207thLargest Mining Sector: 11,250thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,382ndLargest Insurance Industry: 13,645th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Salems Den's influence in Cat Burglars fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Salems Den's influence in Cat Burglars rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • : Salems Den's influence in Cat Burglars fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Dead and the Top 5% for Most Zombified.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Zombified and Most Survivors.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Salems Den's influence in Cat Burglars rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Salems Den's influence in Cat Burglars fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".

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