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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 34thLargest Gambling Industry: 35th
The Holy Matriarchy of
Corporate Police State
Praise be to our Holy Goddess
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Blessed and Holy Land

Population14.623 billion

CapitalGoddess' Retreat
Leaderthe High Priestess
FaithGoddess Worship

Currencyfaith credit

The Holy Matriarchy of The Blessed and Holy Land is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the High Priestess with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory military service, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.623 billion Holylanders are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Goddess' Retreat. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Holylandian economy, worth a remarkable 4,494 trillion faith credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an amazing 307,353 faith credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,878,727 per year while the poor average 2,766, a ratio of 1,040 to 1.

Foreign students are expected to have a Kegmeister Grade Average of 36-24-36 to qualify for university, genetic researchers have been expelled, artists regularly face criminal charges and art-burning parties are common, and no animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it. Crime is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Blessed and Holy Land's national animal is the cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Goddess Worship.

The Blessed and Holy Land is ranked 57,070th in the world and 2,081st in The East Pacific for Most Authoritarian, with 984 milliStalins.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 34thLargest Gambling Industry: 35thMost Ignorant Citizens: 38thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 51stMost Devout: 64thFattest Citizens: 72ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 82ndMost Primitive: 88thMost Avoided: 94thHighest Crime Rates: 206thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 211thMost Armed: 227thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 239thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 256thMost Corrupt Governments: 316thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 331stLargest Mining Sector: 412thLargest Insurance Industry: 517thLargest Retail Industry: 525thHighest Disposable Incomes: 613thRudest Citizens: 1,241stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,970thHighest Average Incomes: 2,038thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,724thMost Efficient Economies: 4,418thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,674thMost Stationary: 5,720thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6,312thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,968thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,518thMost Conservative: 11,449thTop
Most Influential: 13,696thLargest Black Market: 14,445thLargest Populations: 19,283rdMost Pro-Market: 22,012th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 13th in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 45th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 47th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 50th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 93rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 116th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 120th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 126th in the regionLargest Populations: 145th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 170th in the regionLargest Black Market: 208th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 299th in the regionTop
Most Pro-Market: 454th in the regionMost Conservative: 561st in the regionMost Influential: 684th in the regionMost Extreme: 709th in the region

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