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The Marsupial Illuminati

Population6.473 billion

LeaderThe Eye of Providence


The Matrix of Oppression of The Marsupial Illuminati is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Eye of Providence with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, state-planned economy, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 6.473 billion Marsupials enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marsupium. The average income tax rate is 76.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Marsupial economy, worth 640 trillion Pouches a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 98,873 Pouches, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Organ donation rates have hit a new low, children have only the most basic of education, epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent, and cholera is seen as the holiest of diseases. Crime is a serious problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. The Marsupial Illuminati's national animal is the Marsupial, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pouchism.

The Marsupial Illuminati is ranked 150,573rd in the world and 2nd in Sodom and Gomorrah for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 32.28 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most Primitive: 183rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 225thMost Devout: 293rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 624thLargest Black Market: 1,328thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,432ndTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,502ndRudest Citizens: 2,537thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,945thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,681stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,720thNudest: 3,880thMost Avoided: 4,398thMost Conservative: 5,156thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,319thTop
Best Weather: 7,898thHighest Crime Rates: 10,659th

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