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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,807th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,075th Fattest Citizens: 2,739th
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Spiny Norman the Hedgehog

Population8.706 billion

CapitalHedgehog City
LeaderSpiny Norman

Currencydead parrot

The Republic of Spiny Norman the Hedgehog is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Spiny Norman with an iron fist, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, ubiquitous missile silos, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.706 billion Hedgehogs are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hedgehog City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 44.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Spiny economy, worth a remarkable 1,149 trillion dead parrots a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 132,024 dead parrots, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 377,454 per year while the poor average 36,782, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

City budgets are spent entirely on supporting the town royalty, sleeping on the job is recommended, the nation's best artists are considered pretty easy to beat, and Humongo-Mart's Beef 'n Gumby Lasagne is a hit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spiny Norman the Hedgehog's national animal is the gumby, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Spinyism.

Spiny Norman the Hedgehog is ranked 144,759th in the world and 7th in Monty Python for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -0.66 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,807thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,075thFattest Citizens: 2,739thLargest Black Market: 3,054thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,451stLargest Retail Industry: 3,592ndMost Avoided: 3,746thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,810thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,492ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,117thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,652ndLargest Mining Sector: 8,906thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,203rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,591stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,399thHighest Economic Output: 12,467thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,591stLargest Gambling Industry: 14,018thMost Efficient Economies: 14,106th
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the region

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