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Largest Retail Industry: 5thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 118thLargest Insurance Industry: 147th
The Corporate Theocracy of
Corporate Police State
Santa is Watching
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Merry Christmas

Population22.086 billion

CapitalChristmas Town
LeaderSanta
FaithChristmas Spirit

Currencydollar
Animalreindeer

The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Santa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.086 billion Christmasites are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Christmas Town. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Christmas economy, worth a remarkable 8,089 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 366,257 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,884,819 per year while the poor average 38,873, a ratio of 48.5 to 1.

Homeless people can be found sleeping on streets in front of unoccupied second homes, the clergy of Christmas Spirit remains a single-sex institution, a full moon at night lets economists sleep tight, and it's best not to ask what goes into Christmas Town Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Merry Christmas's national animal is the reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christmas Spirit.

The Merry Christmas is ranked 1,054th in the world and 2nd in The Arctic for Highest Average Incomes, with 366,257.86 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Retail Industry: 5thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 118thLargest Insurance Industry: 147thFattest Citizens: 229thMost Avoided: 253rdMost Devout: 260thMost Corrupt Governments: 298thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 305thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 325thMost Efficient Economies: 326thHighest Disposable Incomes: 338thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 371stLargest Mining Sector: 543rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 561stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 578thMost Ignorant Citizens: 586thHighest Economic Output: 740thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 849thHighest Average Incomes: 1,054thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,209thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,381stRudest Citizens: 2,071stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,303rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,546thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,743rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,834thLargest Populations: 5,555thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,017thMost Stationary: 7,419thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,741stLargest Governments: 10,592ndLargest Black Market: 11,092ndTop
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Most Influential: 12,940thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,833rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,214th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the region

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