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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 256th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 375th Largest Information Technology Sector: 439th
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Tessen

Population28.394 billion

CapitalMilwaukee
LeaderPresident James Reagan

Currencydollar
Animaleagle

The Republic of Tessen is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President James Reagan with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cheerful, devout population of 28.394 billion Tessens are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Milwaukee. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Tessen economy, worth a remarkable 7,738 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 272,527 dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,007,296 per year while the poor average 51,974, a ratio of 19.4 to 1.

Hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, disaster victims are viewed with disdain, sections of the police receive paramilitary training, and shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities. Crime is totally unknown. Tessen's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Tessen is ranked 4,770th in the world and 2nd in American Union for Safest, scoring 128.23 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 256thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 375thLargest Information Technology Sector: 439thHighest Economic Output: 477thMost Cultured: 567thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 664thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 688thLargest Retail Industry: 707thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 727thMost Cheerful Citizens: 856thHighest Disposable Incomes: 865thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 866thMost Efficient Economies: 876thMost Devout: 922ndLargest Populations: 1,308thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,352ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,527thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,894thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,405thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,511thRudest Citizens: 2,687thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,778thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,401stMost Influential: 3,536thSmartest Citizens: 4,189thSafest: 4,770thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,706thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,778thHealthiest Citizens: 7,780thTop
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Largest Black Market: 9,634thLowest Crime Rates: 9,851stMost Developed: 12,729thLargest Mining Sector: 14,987thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,835th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, disaster victims are viewed with disdain.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, a few immigrants are better than no immigrants according to President James Reagan.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, criminal rehabilitation takes place in re-education centers.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Tessen, President James Reagan's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide.

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