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Rudest Citizens: 4,880th Highest Disposable Incomes: 5,930th Largest Retail Industry: 6,241st
The Capital of
Corporate Bordello
Liberty or death!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Republic of Ferrum

Population3.897 billion

CapitalIron city
LeaderChris Barron

CurrencyFerrum Müns

The Capital of The Republic of Ferrum is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Chris Barron with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 3.897 billion Ferrumians 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 relatively small government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iron city. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13.5%.

The all-consuming Ferrumian economy, worth 459 trillion Ferrum Müns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 117,820 Ferrum Müns, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 378,346 per year while the poor average 27,810, a ratio of 13.6 to 1.

The voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning, aspiring pilots must be personally vetted by the Minister of Transportation before receiving their license, rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers, and for the sake of 'public interest' news programs tell viewers how to home-make Sarin gas bombs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Republic of Ferrum's national animal is the Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Republic of Ferrum is ranked 42,541st in the world and 1,976th in Lazarus for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 3,229.21 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Rudest Citizens: 4,880thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,930thLargest Retail Industry: 6,241stTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 10,980thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,327thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,387thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,431stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,441stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,908thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,736th
Rudest Citizens: 226th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 371st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 378th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 491st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 524th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 540th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 662nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 706th in the region

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