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Most Valuable International Artwork: 103rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,776thRudest Citizens: 1,903rd
The Treacherous Travails of
Corporate Bordello
Spreadin' Dis-caw-rse!
Emperor Shwenankyawshin
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Taungu

Population13.083 billion

CapitalMandalay
LeaderEmperor Shwenankyawshin
FaithShibe

CurrencyGold Tau
AnimalCrow

The Treacherous Travails of Taungu is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Shwenankyawshin with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, vat-grown people, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 13.083 billion Taunguans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The medium-sized, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mandalay. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 70.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Taunguan economy, worth a remarkable 2,180 trillion Gold Taus a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 166,644 Gold Taus, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,117,088 per year while the poor average 9,340, a ratio of 119 to 1.

It can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom, unemployed accountants keep double-entry ledgers of their benefit claims, air purifiers fight smoke machines on Taunguan stage setups, and you're never too young to learn how to lie with confidence. Crime is totally unknown. Taungu's national animal is the Crow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Shibe.

Taungu is ranked 270,154th in the world and 362nd in Thaecia for Most Income Equality, scoring 0.84 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 103rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,776thRudest Citizens: 1,903rdTop
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Most Influential: 3,028thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,122ndMost Cultured: 3,294thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,480thLargest Retail Industry: 4,672ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,252ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,495thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,551stHighest Food Quality: 5,866thMost Developed: 6,598thSmartest Citizens: 6,639thLargest Black Market: 6,934thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,169thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,696thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,019thHighest Economic Output: 8,596thMost Inclusive: 9,964thHighest Average Incomes: 11,710thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,269thTop
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Largest Governments: 15,150thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,606thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,115thHealthiest Citizens: 17,117thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,768thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,452ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,010thMost Pro-Market: 21,776thLargest Populations: 23,947th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Extreme: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionMost Politically Free: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 26th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 34th in the region

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