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Highest Crime Rates: 1,468thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,989thMost Avoided: 2,151st
The Syndicate of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Okay. A syndicate makes sense to me. Too many bosses.
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Sigma Iotia II

Population5.378 billion

CapitalChicago
LeaderBela Oxmyx
FaithChicago Mobs of the Twenties

CurrencyHeater
AnimalGangster

The Syndicate of Sigma Iotia II is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Bela Oxmyx with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.378 billion Bosses are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chicago. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Sigma Iotia economy, worth 582 trillion Heaters a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 108,389 Heaters, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 568,279 per year while the poor average 11,072, a ratio of 51.3 to 1.

Sheep-like political loyalists repeat the mantra "one wheel bad, three wheels good", the government takes agricultural advice from a wasp-themed superhero, clandestine emigration to countries with labor laws is all the rage, and citizens try to ignore gruesome pictures of decaying teeth printed on their soda cans. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sigma Iotia II's national animal is the Gangster, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Chicago Mobs of the Twenties.

Sigma Iotia II is ranked 4,065th in the world and 4th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Fattest Citizens, with 26.7 Obesity Rate.

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Highest Crime Rates: 1,468thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,989thMost Avoided: 2,151stTop
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Most Armed: 3,222ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,358thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,577thFattest Citizens: 4,065thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,285thLargest Retail Industry: 4,388thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,604thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,793rdMost Rebellious Youth: 6,492ndLargest Mining Sector: 7,188thRudest Citizens: 7,938thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,801stLargest Insurance Industry: 10,245thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,312thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,982ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,169thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,109thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 18,213thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24,455thMost Patriotic: 26,795th
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Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Patriotic: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, citizens try to ignore gruesome pictures of decaying teeth printed on their soda cans.
  • : Sigma Iotia II was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry and the Top 10% for Most Patriotic.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, clandestine emigration to countries with labor laws is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, the government takes agricultural advice from a wasp-themed superhero.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, sheep-like political loyalists repeat the mantra "one wheel bad, three wheels good".
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, all you have to do is pray to get into Sigma Iotia II.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions.
  • : Sigma Iotia II was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Iotia II, internet flame wars have been known to cause real-world casualties.

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