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Highest Economic Output: 1,458th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,531st Most Efficient Economies: 1,563rd
The Empire of
Capitalist Paradise
In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Storm Gard

Population18.594 billion

CapitalCore Prime
LeaderLeader

CurrencyUnion Credit
AnimalMonkey

The Empire of Storm Gard is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, free-roaming dinosaurs, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 18.594 billion Storm Gardians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Core Prime. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Storm Gardian economy, worth a remarkable 4,324 trillion Union Credits 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 Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 232,554 Union Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 839,455 per year while the poor average 46,022, a ratio of 18.2 to 1.

Polite commuters on the Core Prime Metro always let hurried workers off the train first, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop, and war criminals are given full state funerals. Crime is totally unknown. Storm Gard's national animal is the Monkey, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Storm Gard is ranked 4,623rd in the world and 14th in The Local Cluster for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 384.37 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Highest Economic Output: 1,458thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,531stMost Efficient Economies: 1,563rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,690thTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,208thMost Armed: 2,235thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,249thRudest Citizens: 2,267thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,438thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,491stLargest Gambling Industry: 2,544thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,573rdLargest Mining Sector: 2,761stHighest Average Incomes: 3,113thMost Avoided: 3,317thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,479thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,880thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,243rdLargest Populations: 4,559thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,623rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,193rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,316thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,323rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,037thLargest Retail Industry: 7,114thMost Stationary: 8,066thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 10,712thLargest Black Market: 11,355thMost Influential: 12,508thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,780thMost Secular: 13,176thHealthiest Citizens: 13,658thMost Cultured: 14,053rdMost Rebellious Youth: 15,689thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,139thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,197thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,281st
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, polite commuters on the Core Prime Metro always let hurried workers off the train first.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?".
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, the Storm Gardian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Storm Gard, open-casket funerals are avoided at all cost.

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