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Rudest Citizens: 321stLargest Retail Industry: 1,444thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,576th
The Fertilized Mountains of
Corporate Bordello
Slow down and take a nap
Civil Rights
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Political Freedom

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The Litterbox

Population1.594 billion

CapitalCrystal Claw
LeaderPresident Samhain Bashir
FaithFeline Worship

Currencytootsie roll

The Fertilized Mountains of The Litterbox is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Samhain Bashir with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, absence of drug laws, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.594 billion Littermates are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Crystal Claw. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Litterlicious economy, worth 311 trillion tootsie rolls a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 195,728 tootsie rolls, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,138,627 per year while the poor average 15,904, a ratio of 71.6 to 1.

The well-off can quite literally buy extra votes, children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, and the government is lending a hand to private industry. Crime is totally unknown. The Litterbox's national animal is the cricket, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Feline Worship.

The Litterbox is ranked 2,679th in the world and 4th in Karma for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 10,504.79 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Rudest Citizens: 321stLargest Retail Industry: 1,444thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,576thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,912thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,181stTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,351stMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,588thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,630thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,679thMost Efficient Economies: 2,963rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,310thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,941stMost Influential: 4,644thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,747thMost Cultured: 5,670thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,312thHighest Average Incomes: 6,720thNudest: 6,870thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,933rdSmartest Citizens: 7,191stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,442ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,720thFattest Citizens: 8,636thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,226thTop
Most Inclusive: 11,895thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,695thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,029thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,448thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,856thMost Pro-Market: 17,426thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,831stHighest Drug Use: 19,697th
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 17th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 25th in the regionMost Influential: 29th in the region

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