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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 30.967 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, prioritizes Defense, with Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. 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 28,178 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 909,959 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,430,591 per year while the poor average 43,259, a ratio of 148 to 1.

Commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year, toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam", the masses are surrendering their civil liberties without complaint for the sake of shopping convenience, and many marriages go virtually unconsummated. 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 170,707th in the world and 98th in Wysteria for Most Income Equality, scoring 0.67 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thMost Avoided: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thLargest Gambling Industry: 9thMost Armed: 10thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11thFattest Citizens: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 13thRudest Citizens: 13thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25thHighest Crime Rates: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 26thLargest Retail Industry: 34thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 38thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 38thMost Cultured: 45thLargest Mining Sector: 54thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 60thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thSmartest Citizens: 74thMost Devout: 102ndLargest Populations: 116thLargest Agricultural Sector: 120thLargest Publishing Industry: 168thLargest Information Technology Sector: 169thMost Rebellious Youth: 322ndMost Corrupt Governments: 337thMost Stationary: 346thMost Efficient Economies: 1,186thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,954thLargest Governments: 3,158thMost Influential: 4,146thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,122ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,606thMost Pro-Market: 6,254thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,373rdHighest Drug Use: 15,443rd
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the masses are surrendering their civil liberties without complaint for the sake of shopping convenience.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam".
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, farm turkeys are given high doses of antidepressants to take their minds off the holiday season.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars.

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