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The Marsupial Illuminati

Population8.562 billion

LeaderThe Eye of Providence


The Room Johnnie of The Marsupial Illuminati is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Eye of Providence with a fair hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, pith helmet sales, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 8.562 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. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Marsupial economy, worth 848 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 99,099 Pouches, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

Cholera is seen as the holiest of diseases, the nation is a world leader in martyrs per capita, the military is plagued with unethical researchers, and immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps. Crime is a major 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 206,065th in the world and 3rd in Sodom and Gomorrah for Least Corrupt Governments, with 17.21 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 51stMost Primitive: 179thMost Ignorant Citizens: 224thMost Devout: 317thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 714thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,583rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,821stLargest Black Market: 1,987thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,701stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,785thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,845thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,904thMost Avoided: 4,807thNudest: 5,976thHighest Crime Rates: 6,871stMost Conservative: 7,429thBest Weather: 8,216thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,346thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 17,406thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,174thMost Efficient Economies: 19,309thHighest Economic Output: 19,884th

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