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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 16th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rd
The Rogue Nation of
Everyone is useful, if only as fertilizer
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population34.576 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 remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, pith helmet sales, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 34.576 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, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. 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 16,684 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 Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is an amazing 482,552 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,948,657 per year while the poor average 79,758, a ratio of 24.4 to 1.

The government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hard Knocks City Times is sold out, and there's stiff competition in the medical marketplace. 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 52,615th in the world and 2,678th in Osiris for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,105.9 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rdLargest Insurance Industry: 86thLargest Publishing Industry: 86thHighest Economic Output: 88thRudest Citizens: 100thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 101stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 103rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 109thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 112thFattest Citizens: 139thSmartest Citizens: 144thLargest Populations: 191stLargest Gambling Industry: 206thMost Scientifically Advanced: 209thHighest Average Incomes: 246thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 254thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 273rdMost Secular: 433rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 564thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 598thLargest Information Technology Sector: 604thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 878thMost Armed: 1,077thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,190thLargest Mining Sector: 1,207thHighest Crime Rates: 1,228thMost Avoided: 1,561stTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,886thLargest Retail Industry: 2,060thLargest Black Market: 4,764thHighest Drug Use: 5,836thMost Stationary: 5,860thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 9,011thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,439thMost Influential: 12,851stLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,586thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,260thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,806thMost Efficient Economies: 14,968th
Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 42nd in the regionMost Armed: 44th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 61st in the regionMost Stationary: 62nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 64th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 68th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 70th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 82nd in the regionMost Avoided: 83rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 114th in the regionMost Influential: 166th in the regionLargest Black Market: 260th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 365th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 451st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 465th in the regionMost Politically Free: 484th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 507th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 573rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, there's stiff competition in the medical marketplace.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hard Knocks City Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, cheap and tasteless vegetables flood the markets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.


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