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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,194thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,298thMost Armed: 4,914th
The Borderlands of
Right-wing Utopia
The decay chain is distinct from the supply chain
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Average

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The Front Range

Population235 million

Currencymetal scrap
Animalgiant tick

The Borderlands of The Front Range is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of prisons, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 235 million Front Rangers are free to succeed or fail in life on their own merits; the successful tend to enjoy an opulent (but moralistic) lifestyle, while the failures can be seen crowding out most jails.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Environment receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.2%.

The all-consuming Front Ranger economy, worth 24.7 trillion metal scraps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 105,271 metal scraps, with the richest citizens earning 9.2 times as much as the poorest.

Military doctrine says not to open fire until you see the "beady little eyes" of Johnny Foreigner, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects, and city workers have declared that rolling markets aren't good for business after all. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Front Range's national animal is the giant tick, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Front Range is ranked 106,234th in the world and 4,064th in the South Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 70.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,194thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,298thMost Armed: 4,914thFattest Citizens: 5,177thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,808thMost Influential: 9,755thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,870thLargest Mining Sector: 12,020thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,347thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,457thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,788thLargest Retail Industry: 15,816thMost Patriotic: 19,988thLargest Insurance Industry: 21,272ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23,549th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 108th in the regionFattest Citizens: 138th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 172nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 239th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 259th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 289th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 301st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 369th in the regionMost Patriotic: 437th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 463rd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 502nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 543rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 620th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 622nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 660th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 693rd in the regionMost Influential: 759th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 832nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 886th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 936th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 958th in the region

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