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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4th Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
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The Centauri

Population35.46 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 remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, avant-garde cinema, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 35.46 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 32,289 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 171,833rd in the world and 66th in Wysteria for Least Corrupt Governments, with 1.11 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thMost Armed: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9thHighest Economic Output: 9thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thMost Avoided: 11thLargest Gambling Industry: 12thHighest Average Incomes: 15thFattest Citizens: 25thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26thHighest Crime Rates: 27thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35thMost Scientifically Advanced: 43rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 50thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 52ndLargest Mining Sector: 57thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 57thMost Cultured: 76thRudest Citizens: 98thLargest Populations: 99thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 103rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 154thSmartest Citizens: 156thLargest Publishing Industry: 165thLargest Retail Industry: 209thMost Devout: 220thMost Rebellious Youth: 321stMost Corrupt Governments: 463rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 478thMost Efficient Economies: 1,149thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,738thLargest Governments: 3,429thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,712thMost Influential: 5,895thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,369thMost Pro-Market: 7,814thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,491stHighest Drug Use: 10,570thNudest: 14,227th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Devout: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the region

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