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Most Primitive: 6,187th Largest Gambling Industry: 7,441st Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 10,673rd
The Democratic Republic of
Corporate Bordello
Proving My Friends Wrong
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population36 million

CurrencyIce Cube
AnimalDiyar Gardi

The Democratic Republic of Shamalamadingdong is a small, efficient nation, notable for its compulsory military service and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 36 million Shamalamadingdongians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The thriving Shamalamadingdongian economy, worth 2.47 trillion Ice Cubes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 68,593 Ice Cubes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 242,799 per year while the poor average 13,991, a ratio of 17.4 to 1.

Crime is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Shamalamadingdong's national animal is the Diyar Gardi.

Shamalamadingdong is ranked 51,935th in the world and 2,286th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,902.2 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 6,187thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,441stTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 10,673rdMost Pro-Market: 13,244thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,006th
Largest Gambling Industry: 182nd in the regionMost Primitive: 257th in the regionTop
Most Pro-Market: 470th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 512th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 649th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 687th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 722nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 722nd in the region

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