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Most Primitive: 434thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,263rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,709th
The Oppressed Peoples of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Acting Minister of Administrative Affairs
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The Gilded Star

Population3.487 billion


The Oppressed Peoples of The Gilded Star is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, flagrant waste-dumping, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.487 billion citizens are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Spirituality are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 67.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving a citizen economy, worth 544 trillion citizens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 156,096 citizens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs, the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy, every worker receives exactly the same pay regardless of productivity, and wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Gilded Star's national animal is the citizen, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Gilded Star is ranked 53,717th in the world and 91st in Thalassia for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,596.45 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 434thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,263rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,709thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,770thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,020thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,261stMost Avoided: 2,404thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,475thLargest Mining Sector: 2,802ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,170thLargest Black Market: 3,362ndMost Devout: 3,796thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,442ndMost Influential: 5,162ndMost Authoritarian: 7,469thMost Conservative: 8,054thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,056thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 11,135thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,816thHighest Average Incomes: 12,153rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,317th
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Extreme: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionLargest Populations: 20th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 23rd in the region

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