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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 561stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,164thHighest Drug Use: 1,342nd
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The Blade of Damocles

Population5.589 billion

CapitalGround Zero

Currencyfrontal lobe
Animalsucculent brain

The Blood Forged Edge of The Blade of Damocles is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Damocles with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.589 billion brain eaters live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Defense, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Law & Order and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ground Zero. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.8%.

The all-consuming undead economy, worth 552 trillion frontal lobes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Pizza Delivery, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 98,845 frontal lobes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 652,625 per year while the poor average 5,790, a ratio of 112 to 1.

A typical fast food menu item could serve a small army, city sidewalks are crowded with overweight people, terrified neighbors cower behind concertina wire and machine gun nests, and the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Blade of Damocles's national animal is the succulent brain, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Zombism.

The Blade of Damocles is ranked 238,369th in the world and 4th in The Zombie Factory for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring -15.49 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 561stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,164thHighest Drug Use: 1,342ndMost Politically Free: 1,693rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,734thMost Extreme: 1,878thHighest Crime Rates: 1,988thMost Pro-Market: 1,994thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,126thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,030thRudest Citizens: 3,055thFattest Citizens: 3,192ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,528thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,036thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,511thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,536thMost Avoided: 6,043rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,064thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,565thNudest: 9,658thMost Armed: 10,386thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 16,375thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19,920thLargest Mining Sector: 20,255th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the region

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