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Most Armed: 238th Largest Gambling Industry: 254th Highest Crime Rates: 261st
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The Baskervilles

Population18.791 billion

CapitalBaskerville Hall


The Hound of The Baskervilles is a gargantuan, cultured nation, renowned for its smutty television, frequent executions, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 18.791 billion Baskervillesians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, liberal, outspoken individuals prioritizes Education, with Industry also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baskerville Hall. Income tax is unheard of.

The all-consuming Baskervillesian economy, worth a remarkable 1,339 trillion pounds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Information Technology. Average income is 71,306 pounds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 314,879 per year while the poor average 10,110, a ratio of 31.1 to 1.

The Father of the House has been in office just shy of a fortnight, procrastination is a national sport, members of majority races are forced out of their homes to make way for Bigtopians, and terrified neighbors cower behind concertina wire and machine gun nests. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Baskervilles's national animal is the hound, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Baskervilles is ranked 54,617th in the world and 10th in The Featured Region Followers for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 88.6 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Armed: 238thLargest Gambling Industry: 254thHighest Crime Rates: 261stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,225thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 1,861stRudest Citizens: 1,865thMost Avoided: 2,426thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,593rdFattest Citizens: 2,933rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,963rdLargest Populations: 4,450thMost Politically Free: 4,457thHighest Drug Use: 4,967thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,993rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,321stMost Stationary: 8,036thHighest Economic Output: 8,107thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,796thLargest Retail Industry: 11,380thNudest: 12,552ndMost Devout: 14,804thMost Cultured: 15,302nd
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the region

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