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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th 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 Centauri

Population33.072 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and renowned for its flagrant waste-dumping, unlimited-speed roads, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 33.072 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 30,114 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 189,491st in the world and 122nd in Wysteria for Highest Average Tax Rates, with -52.19 Effective Tax Rate.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thLargest Gambling Industry: 10thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11thMost Avoided: 11thMost Armed: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15thFattest Citizens: 21stMost Scientifically Advanced: 23rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thHighest Crime Rates: 30thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 32ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 46thRudest Citizens: 53rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 55thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 57thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 58thMost Cultured: 59thLargest Mining Sector: 59thLargest Retail Industry: 94thSmartest Citizens: 102ndLargest Populations: 114thLargest Agricultural Sector: 157thMost Devout: 168thLargest Publishing Industry: 171stLargest Information Technology Sector: 331stMost Rebellious Youth: 342ndMost Corrupt Governments: 400thMost Efficient Economies: 1,218thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,327thLargest Governments: 3,256thMost Influential: 4,902ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,842ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,652ndMost Pro-Market: 8,033rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,706thHighest Drug Use: 10,977thNudest: 16,208th
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 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 regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the region

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