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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 15th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rd
The Rogue Nation of
Everyone is useful, if only as fertilizer
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population34.92 billion

CapitalHard Knocks City
LeaderEvil Overlord


The Rogue Nation of Sinkorswim is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Evil Overlord with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, daily referendums, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 34.92 billion Sinkorswimians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hard Knocks City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Sinkorswimian economy, worth an astonishing 16,850 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 482,555 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,065,007 per year while the poor average 72,289, a ratio of 28.6 to 1.

Political speeches that drill deep into bureaucratic fine detail could be said to be a little boring, corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors, and Hyena sanctuaries have been taken over by hydraulic fracturing sites. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sinkorswim's national animal is the hyena, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sinkorswim is ranked 154th in the world and 1st in Osiris for Smartest Citizens, with 338.44 Quips Per Hour.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rdLargest Insurance Industry: 86thHighest Economic Output: 89thLargest Publishing Industry: 92ndRudest Citizens: 96thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 102ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 102ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 112thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 115thFattest Citizens: 139thSmartest Citizens: 154thLargest Populations: 194thLargest Gambling Industry: 209thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 217thMost Scientifically Advanced: 220thHighest Average Incomes: 258thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 260thMost Secular: 468thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 578thLargest Information Technology Sector: 648thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 736thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 877thMost Armed: 1,101stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,182ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,192ndHighest Crime Rates: 1,257thMost Avoided: 1,544thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,953rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,984thLargest Black Market: 4,935thHighest Drug Use: 5,716thMost Stationary: 5,747thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 9,263rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,329thMost Influential: 12,764thMost Efficient Economies: 14,184thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,838thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,342ndNudest: 17,550th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 28th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 43rd in the regionMost Armed: 49th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 57th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 60th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 60th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 64th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 70th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 76th in the regionMost Avoided: 82nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 111th in the regionMost Influential: 178th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 290th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 308th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 427th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 438th in the regionMost Politically Free: 471st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 485th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 574th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sinkorswim was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, Hyena sanctuaries have been taken over by hydraulic fracturing sites.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, political speeches that drill deep into bureaucratic fine detail could be said to be a little boring.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, a newly discovered small mammal's name translates into Sinkorswimian as 'your finger, you fool'.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, fishermen take out second mortgages to afford the yearly fishing permit.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the statue in the Wiseau Plaza has a solar panel for a hat.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, old spellbooks are only useful as door-stops or toilet roll substitute.
  • : Sinkorswim was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.


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