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Most Secular: 1,731st Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,669th Largest Insurance Industry: 3,411th
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Technical Difficulties

Population1.42 billion

CapitalStatic
LeaderInLeo
FaithSecularism

Currencydogecoin
Animalmanta ray

The Borderlands of Technical Difficulties is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by InLeo with an iron fist, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.42 billion Technical Difficultiesians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Education, although Defense, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Static. The average income tax rate is 67.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Technical Difficultiesian economy, worth 258 trillion dogecoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 182,284 dogecoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints, students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework, it is illegal to carry an umbrella when the official weather forecast predicts a sunny day, and religious people are committed to mental institutions for treatment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Technical Difficulties's national animal is the manta ray, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Secularism.

Technical Difficulties is ranked 102,537th in the world and 56th in Ridgefield for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 398.26 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 1,731stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,669thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,411thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,717thMost Influential: 3,958thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,127thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,269thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,621stHighest Average Incomes: 7,606thLargest Black Market: 7,981stSmartest Citizens: 8,457thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 8,711thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,846thMost Authoritarian: 9,769thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,425thMost Efficient Economies: 12,111thHealthiest Citizens: 12,476thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,667thLargest Governments: 13,544thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,584thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,335thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,900thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,108thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,891st
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Largest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Technical Difficulties was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, religious people are committed to mental institutions for treatment.
  • : Technical Difficulties was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, it is illegal to carry an umbrella when the official weather forecast predicts a sunny day.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, the carbon footprint falls along with the human footprint during war.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.
  • : Following new legislation in Technical Difficulties, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.

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