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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,573rdHighest Crime Rates: 1,671stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,389th
The Deer Hunters of
Corporate Bordello
One shot is what it's all about.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Sedge

Population25.138 billion



The Deer Hunters of The Sedge is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sedge with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 25.138 billion Sedgeans 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 minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.8%.

The all-consuming Sedgean economy, worth a remarkable 2,078 trillion Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 82,673 Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 422,604 per year while the poor average 8,894, a ratio of 47.5 to 1.

Sedge can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, saying "don't do anything that Sedge wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, and bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Sedge's national animal is the Deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Sedge is ranked 5,605th in the world and 4th in Artificial Solar System for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 16,793.72 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,573rdHighest Crime Rates: 1,671stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,389thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,472ndTop
Most Avoided: 2,826thFattest Citizens: 3,504thRudest Citizens: 3,557thMost Armed: 4,791stLargest Populations: 5,396thLargest Retail Industry: 5,605thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,841stHighest Economic Output: 9,249thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,817thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,317thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,857thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 25,903rd
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 102nd in the regionMost Secular: 127th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 136th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 138th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 150th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 193rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 221st in the regionTop
Nudest: 264th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 337th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 340th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 355th in the regionMost Politically Free: 405th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 427th in the region

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