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Most Armed: 218th Largest Gambling Industry: 222nd Highest Crime Rates: 243rd
The Hound of
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The Hound of The Baskervilles is a gargantuan, cultured nation, renowned for its public floggings, rampant corporate plagiarism, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 17.152 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 receive no funds. 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 1,223 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 11,076th in the world and 1st in The Featured Region Followers for Highest Drug Use, scoring 115 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most Armed: 218thLargest Gambling Industry: 222ndHighest Crime Rates: 243rdRudest Citizens: 1,093rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,185thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 1,931stMost Avoided: 2,438thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,907thFattest Citizens: 3,037thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,739thMost Politically Free: 4,103rdLargest Populations: 5,011thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,463rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,416thHighest Economic Output: 8,161stTop
Most Stationary: 9,431stLargest Retail Industry: 10,326thHighest Drug Use: 11,076thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,331stNudest: 15,374thMost Devout: 15,421stMost Cultured: 16,440thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,263rd
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the region

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