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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 845thHighest Crime Rates: 1,098thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,808th
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Shutdown Government

Population4.276 billion

CapitalPost-Apocalyptic DC
LeaderPresident Hazmat Suit


The Republic of Shutdown Government is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by President Hazmat Suit with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, free-roaming dinosaurs, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 4.276 billion Shutdown Governmentians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Industry, although Defense, Welfare, and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and Law & Order receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Post-Apocalyptic DC. The average income tax rate is 26.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Shutdown Governmentian economy, worth 807 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 188,905 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Billions of Dollars are being blown on orbital weapons development, major cities are suffering under water rationing, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, and for some reason the census focuses on daily banana ingestion and hourly quip rate. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Shutdown Government's national animal is the emu, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Uranium.

Shutdown Government is ranked 103,326th in the world and 1,080th in Artificial Solar System for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 4.4 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 845thHighest Crime Rates: 1,098thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,808thLargest Retail Industry: 1,841stFattest Citizens: 1,897thMost Avoided: 1,987thMost Armed: 2,091stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,230thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 3,057thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,267thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,466thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,957thLargest Mining Sector: 6,917thMost Efficient Economies: 6,934thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,455thLargest Black Market: 8,104thMost Inclusive: 8,585thHighest Average Incomes: 8,592ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,946thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,229thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,377thMost Cultured: 11,792ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,635thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,899thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,989thMost Patriotic: 14,214thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,468thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,113thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,896thHighest Food Quality: 16,332ndHighest Poor Incomes: 17,231stLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,288thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,738thHighest Drug Use: 21,585thLargest Welfare Programs: 23,914thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 26,124th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 36th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 54th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 58th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 72nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 74th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 74th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 77th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 83rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 87th in the regionLargest Black Market: 89th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 99th in the regionMost Patriotic: 106th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 112th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 116th in the regionLargest Governments: 133rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 137th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 145th in the regionMost Extreme: 157th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 175th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 211th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 222nd in the regionNudest: 229th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 281st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 287th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 300th in the region

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