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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4th Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Centauri

Population35.108 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities

Currencyducket
AnimalNarn

The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, enslaved workforce, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 35.108 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 31,968 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 1,140th in the world and 11th in Wysteria for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thMost Armed: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thMost Avoided: 11thLargest Gambling Industry: 12thHighest Average Incomes: 15thFattest Citizens: 23rdHighest Crime Rates: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 33rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 42ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 51stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 52ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 59thLargest Mining Sector: 60thMost Cultured: 72ndRudest Citizens: 88thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 91stLargest Populations: 98thSmartest Citizens: 145thLargest Agricultural Sector: 151stLargest Publishing Industry: 168thLargest Retail Industry: 197thMost Devout: 208thMost Rebellious Youth: 319thMost Corrupt Governments: 451stLargest Information Technology Sector: 464thMost Efficient Economies: 1,140thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,586thLargest Governments: 3,351stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,499thMost Influential: 5,763rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,161stMost Pro-Market: 7,619thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,258thHighest Drug Use: 10,328thNudest: 13,994th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the region

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