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Highest Disposable Incomes: 4th Highest Wealthy 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

Population32.742 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, aversion to nipples, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 32.742 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 29,814 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 27th in the world and 5th in Wysteria for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 42,213.51 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Highest Disposable Incomes: 4thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thLargest Gambling Industry: 9thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10thMost Armed: 10thMost Avoided: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 14thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14thFattest Citizens: 20thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 24thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thHighest Crime Rates: 31stRudest Citizens: 43rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 46thMost Cultured: 54thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 57thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 58thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 59thLargest Mining Sector: 61stLargest Retail Industry: 78thSmartest Citizens: 94thLargest Populations: 117thLargest Agricultural Sector: 148thMost Devout: 162ndLargest Publishing Industry: 174thLargest Information Technology Sector: 305thMost Stationary: 320thMost Rebellious Youth: 333rdMost Corrupt Governments: 378thMost Efficient Economies: 1,188thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,344thLargest Governments: 3,213thMost Influential: 4,561stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,917thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,031stMost Pro-Market: 7,344thTop
Highest Drug Use: 10,167thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,416thNudest: 15,482nd
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the region

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