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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,153rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,170thLargest Mining Sector: 1,761st
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The Matthew Islands

Population15.51 billion

CapitalLuton
LeaderKing Gilligan VII

CurrencyGill
AnimalPanther

The United Kingdom of The Matthew Islands is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Gilligan VII with an even hand, and notable for its parental licensing program, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 15.51 billion Mathians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Luton. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Mathian economy, worth a remarkable 2,880 trillion Gills a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 185,720 Gills, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 766,958 per year while the poor average 29,567, a ratio of 25.9 to 1.

Waste is frequently shipped to other countries, marijuana is legal in the privacy of your own home, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, and glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Matthew Islands's national animal is the Panther, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Matthew Islands is ranked 13,710th in the world and 699th in Balder for Smartest Citizens, with 78.23 quips per hour.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,153rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,170thLargest Mining Sector: 1,761stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,940thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,003rdTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,478thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,711thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,811thRudest Citizens: 5,112thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,227thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,629thHighest Economic Output: 6,140thFattest Citizens: 6,263rdMost Avoided: 6,591stLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,794thHighest Average Incomes: 9,185thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,636thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,138thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,418thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,871stTop
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Smartest Citizens: 13,710thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,130thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,760thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,951stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,344thLargest Populations: 19,488thMost Developed: 20,607thMost Efficient Economies: 21,332ndMost Pro-Market: 25,857thLowest Crime Rates: 26,011th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 46th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 65th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 68th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 73rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 91st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 114th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 139th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 166th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 178th in the regionRudest Citizens: 206th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 243rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 254th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 268th in the regionMost Avoided: 297th in the regionFattest Citizens: 323rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 323rd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 374th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 382nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 410th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 416th in the regionLargest Populations: 439th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 454th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 566th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 596th in the region

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