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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
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The Centauri

Population44.995 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 public floggings, avant-garde cinema, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 44.995 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 41,498 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 8,639,909 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 30th in the world and 1st in Babylon 5 for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 34,019.45 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8thHighest Economic Output: 9thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12thMost Armed: 18thLargest Gambling Industry: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 22ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 24thHighest Average Incomes: 24thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26thMost Avoided: 30thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thMost Efficient Economies: 39thFattest Citizens: 42ndHighest Crime Rates: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 46thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 47thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 55thLargest Populations: 57thLargest Mining Sector: 69thLargest Agricultural Sector: 71stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 76thMost Scientifically Advanced: 129thMost Cultured: 171stLargest Publishing Industry: 205thRudest Citizens: 272ndMost Devout: 313thSmartest Citizens: 315thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 362ndMost Rebellious Youth: 365thLargest Retail Industry: 668thMost Corrupt Governments: 999thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,014thTop
Largest Governments: 4,592ndLargest Black Market: 8,562ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,647thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,883rdMost Subsidized Industry: 13,344thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 14,796thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,578th

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