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Most Armed: 457th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 496th Highest Crime Rates: 567th
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Scurvy Sea

Population2.366 billion

CapitalBuccaneer Bay
LeaderHigh Captain Jolly Roger Redbeard
FaithMaritime Superstition


The Disputed Territories of Scurvy Sea is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by High Captain Jolly Roger Redbeard with an even hand, and renowned for its fear of technology, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 2.366 billion Scallywags enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Industry and Environment are also considered important, while Law & Order and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Buccaneer Bay. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Scurvy Sean economy, worth 339 trillion Doubloons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 143,631 Doubloons, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 608,162 per year while the poor average 21,913, a ratio of 27.8 to 1.

The government is avowedly secular, people think garlic bread counts as one of their "five a day", waste is frequently shipped to other countries, and euthanasia is legal. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Scurvy Sea's national animal is the Monkey, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Maritime Superstition.

Scurvy Sea is ranked 2,125th in the world and 115th in The North Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 22,549.67 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Armed: 457thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 496thHighest Crime Rates: 567thLargest Gambling Industry: 692ndFattest Citizens: 1,017thRudest Citizens: 1,049thMost Primitive: 1,111thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,537thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 2,125thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,283rdMost Rebellious Youth: 2,782ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,270thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,357thMost Avoided: 3,455thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,545thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,621stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,520thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,526thHighest Drug Use: 6,876thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,471stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 10,214thMost Devout: 10,228thMost Pro-Market: 10,421stMost Corrupt Governments: 10,770thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,860thHighest Average Incomes: 13,805thMost Cultured: 14,266thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,173rd
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 19th in the regionMost Armed: 22nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 27th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 28th in the regionFattest Citizens: 32nd in the regionMost Primitive: 41st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 54th in the regionRudest Citizens: 64th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 71st in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 111th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 112th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 115th in the regionMost Avoided: 116th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 131st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 135th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 146th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 165th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 252nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 257th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 290th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 309th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 338th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 397th in the regionMost Devout: 456th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 499th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 574th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 665th in the regionMost Cultured: 709th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, euthanasia is legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, waste is frequently shipped to other countries.
  • : Scurvy Sea was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Scurvy Sea was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, people think garlic bread counts as one of their "five a day".
  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, the government is avowedly secular.
  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries.
  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, getting an infected tattoo is considered a rite of passage in Scurvy Sea.
  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Scurvy Sea, legislators must raise their hands if they want to speak.


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