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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 6th 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 Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, flagrant waste-dumping, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 32.174 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 29,297 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 2,229th in the world and 10th in Wysteria for Largest Black Market, with 292 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thLargest Gambling Industry: 9thMost Avoided: 10thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Armed: 10thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 14thFattest Citizens: 18thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 22ndLargest Insurance Industry: 25thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thHighest Crime Rates: 30thRudest Citizens: 36thMost Scientifically Advanced: 36thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 41stMost Cultured: 47thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 51stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 56thLargest Mining Sector: 58thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thLargest Retail Industry: 63rdSmartest Citizens: 84thLargest Populations: 118thLargest Agricultural Sector: 139thMost Devout: 142ndLargest Publishing Industry: 172ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 265thMost Stationary: 324thMost Rebellious Youth: 336thMost Corrupt Governments: 374thMost Efficient Economies: 1,180thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,229thLargest Governments: 3,053rdMost Influential: 4,276thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,676thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,914thMost Pro-Market: 8,293rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,044thHighest Drug Use: 15,802ndNudest: 16,560th
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the region

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