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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5th Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
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The Centauri

Population33.458 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, otherworldly petting zoo, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 33.458 billion Centauris are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Centaurian economy, worth an astonishing 30,466 trillion duckets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 910,587 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,675,617 per year while the poor average 62,417, a ratio of 90.9 to 1.

Citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and Centaurian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities.

The Centauri is ranked 35,805th in the world and 16th in Wysteria for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 4,546.93 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thMost Armed: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11thMost Avoided: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12thLargest Gambling Industry: 12thHighest Average Incomes: 15thFattest Citizens: 20thHighest Crime Rates: 26thMost Scientifically Advanced: 26thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 46thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 46thRudest Citizens: 51stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 55thMost Cultured: 56thLargest Mining Sector: 60thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 61stSmartest Citizens: 109thLargest Retail Industry: 109thLargest Populations: 110thLargest Agricultural Sector: 140thMost Devout: 172ndLargest Publishing Industry: 177thMost Rebellious Youth: 323rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 357thMost Corrupt Governments: 409thMost Efficient Economies: 1,193rdTop
Largest Black Market: 2,317thLargest Governments: 3,301stMost Influential: 5,248thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,697thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,896thMost Pro-Market: 7,114thTop
Highest Drug Use: 10,217thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,268thNudest: 14,815th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the region

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