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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
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The Centauri

Population37.975 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, flagrant waste-dumping, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 37.975 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 35,024 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 922,292 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,639,914 per year while the poor average 8,281, a ratio of 1,043 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 8th in the world and 1st in Babylon 5 for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 35,303.83 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thHighest Economic Output: 9thMost Armed: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15thLargest Gambling Industry: 17thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18thHighest Average Incomes: 18thMost Efficient Economies: 18thMost Avoided: 18thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thFattest Citizens: 31stHighest Crime Rates: 34thLargest Agricultural Sector: 44thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 53rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 57thLargest Mining Sector: 59thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 61stLargest Populations: 90thMost Cultured: 97thRudest Citizens: 152ndLargest Publishing Industry: 186thSmartest Citizens: 204thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 208thMost Devout: 237thMost Rebellious Youth: 325thLargest Retail Industry: 343rdMost Corrupt Governments: 578thLargest Information Technology Sector: 675thTop
Largest Governments: 3,574thLargest Black Market: 4,449thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,261stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,647thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,426thMost Influential: 10,635thMost Pro-Market: 14,074thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,384thHighest Drug Use: 17,800th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the region

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