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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Centauri

Population39.415 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities

Currencyducket
AnimalNarn

The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, flagrant waste-dumping, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 39.415 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 36,352 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 241,771st in the world and 9th in Babylon 5 for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1.78 Tourists Per Hour.

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1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thMost Armed: 9thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16thHighest Average Incomes: 17thLargest Gambling Industry: 18thMost Avoided: 19thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21stMost Efficient Economies: 22ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thHighest Crime Rates: 32ndFattest Citizens: 34thLargest Agricultural Sector: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 52ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 55thLargest Mining Sector: 62ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 68thMost Scientifically Advanced: 72ndLargest Populations: 88thMost Cultured: 111thRudest Citizens: 173rdLargest Publishing Industry: 187thSmartest Citizens: 222ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 246thMost Devout: 258thMost Rebellious Youth: 332ndLargest Retail Industry: 407thMost Corrupt Governments: 632ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 756thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,774thLargest Black Market: 5,417thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,288thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,936thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,357thTop
10%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,447thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,134thMost Pro-Market: 18,492ndHighest Drug Use: 22,000th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".

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