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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,484thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,489thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,626th
The Second of
Father Knows Best State
Eat fish
Influence
Handshaker
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Select One

Population10.452 billion

CapitalAcceptance
LeaderNot Two
Faithfor weak people

CurrencySeed
AnimalPet

The Second of Select One is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Not Two with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, parental licensing program, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.452 billion Wuns are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Acceptance. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 48.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Wunish economy, worth a remarkable 1,825 trillion Seeds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 174,696 Seeds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 519,429 per year while the poor average 46,064, a ratio of 11.3 to 1.

Street crime is on the rise as police officers spend most of their time in prisons, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance, a violent scene on television results in mass mobilization of the National Guard, and the nation has an international reputation for compassion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Select One's national animal is the Pet, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is for weak people.

Select One is ranked 228,204th in the world and 22nd in Australia for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -10.78 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,484thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,489thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,626thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,095thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,349thLargest Black Market: 5,629thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,096thMost Devout: 6,149thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,731stMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,797thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,203rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,007thHighest Economic Output: 9,152ndMost Stationary: 9,187thHighest Average Incomes: 9,676thLowest Crime Rates: 10,901stHealthiest Citizens: 11,907thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 12,872ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,452ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,235thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,249thMost Influential: 15,131stMost Efficient Economies: 17,062ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,289thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,704thLargest Governments: 21,789th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Select One, the nation has an international reputation for compassion.
  • : Following new legislation in Select One, a violent scene on television results in mass mobilization of the National Guard.
  • : Following new legislation in Select One, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance.
  • : Following new legislation in Select One, street crime is on the rise as police officers spend most of their time in prisons.
  • : Following new legislation in Select One, marine biology students are shocked to discover that a whale is a mammal.
  • : Select One was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Select One was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Select One, ill and injured visitors in Select One have to walk it off until they return home.
  • : Following new legislation in Select One, sex changes are routinely performed at Select One's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in Select One, immigrant Maxtopians are routinely sold on popular internet auction sites.

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