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Largest Publishing Industry: 36th Most Cultured: 107th Most Rebellious Youth: 166th
The Federal Republic of
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The Federal Republic of Scanorama is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Matilda Hortensia with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, daily referendums, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 16.822 billion maggots live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Spirituality and Law & Order not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Diamond Princess. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient maggot economy, worth a remarkable 5,727 trillion Paragons a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 340,466 Paragons, with the richest citizens earning 6.5 times as much as the poorest.

Cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens, and men avoid even so much as looking at female colleagues. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Scanorama's national animal is the Newt, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Glinda.

Scanorama is ranked 177,480th in the world and 73rd in Nordic Lands for Most Devout, with 3.2 Prayers Per Hour.

Largest Publishing Industry: 36thMost Cultured: 107thMost Rebellious Youth: 166thSmartest Citizens: 191stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 206thMost Influential: 250thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 296thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 326thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 368thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 394thHighest Crime Rates: 558thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 637thMost Cheerful Citizens: 645thMost Scientifically Advanced: 699thHighest Average Incomes: 731stHighest Economic Output: 743rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 743rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 813thRudest Citizens: 821stMost Armed: 850thMost Efficient Economies: 1,020thLargest Retail Industry: 1,042ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,351stMost Secular: 1,371stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,603rdFattest Citizens: 1,711thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 1,852ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,640thMost Politically Free: 3,272ndMost Avoided: 3,518thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,921stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,092ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,160thLargest Mining Sector: 4,673rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,981stLargest Populations: 5,224thMost Stationary: 6,472ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,627thTop
Largest Black Market: 9,381stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12,068thMost Inclusive: 13,832ndMost Developed: 16,408thMost Extreme: 17,508th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the region

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