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Most Armed: 289thHighest Crime Rates: 364thLargest Retail Industry: 453rd
The Queer-Anarchizt State of
Benevolent Dictatorship
Aren't punk bois like soooooo cool???
Tomboyish Punk Rocker Penny
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Strangers Club

Population1.855 billion

CapitalNew Strange City
LeaderTomboyish Punk Rocker Penny
FaithCapitalizm

CurrencyStrange Yen
AnimalStrange Cat

The Queer-Anarchizt State of The Strangers Club is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Tomboyish Punk Rocker Penny with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.855 billion Strangers enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Strange City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Strange economy, worth 435 trillion Strange Yen a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 234,753 Strange Yen, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,003,192 per year while the poor average 4,827, a ratio of 415 to 1.

The Gallery of Instasnap is the most popular museum in the country, water fights now end with thousands dead, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, and movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Strangers Club's national animal is the Strange Cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Capitalizm.

The Strangers Club is ranked 209,243rd in the world and 541st in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Safest, scoring 2.45 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Armed: 289thHighest Crime Rates: 364thLargest Retail Industry: 453rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 467thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 531stFattest Citizens: 559thLargest Gambling Industry: 570thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 606thRudest Citizens: 704thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 756thMost Avoided: 903rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,177thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,207thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,247thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,339thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,097thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,452ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,857thHighest Average Incomes: 4,063rdLargest Insurance Industry: 4,443rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,729thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,803rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,067thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,255thLargest Mining Sector: 6,496thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,897thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,821stLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,940thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,902ndHighest Drug Use: 13,652ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,827thMost Pro-Market: 14,570thMost Secular: 15,943rdMost Cultured: 18,103rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19,882ndNudest: 20,039th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 20th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 22nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 25th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 31st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 37th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 38th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 43rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Strangers Club was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, employers may fire workers without giving any reason.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, water fights now end with thousands dead.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, the Gallery of Instasnap is the most popular museum in the country.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, the secret ingredient is love (and MSG).
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in The Strangers Club, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.

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