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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,330thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,659thLargest Populations: 2,728th
The Circumventing Clipper Ships of
Corporate Police State
We Sail the Ocean Blue, and Our Saucy Ship's a Beauty
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Tea Merchants

Population31.563 billion

CurrencyPound
AnimalTar

The Circumventing Clipper Ships of The Tea Merchants is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 31.563 billion Merchants 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 relatively small, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Tea Merchantsian economy, worth a remarkable 3,865 trillion Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 122,481 Pounds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 522,745 per year while the poor average 18,433, a ratio of 28.4 to 1.

Loans are available for students from poor families, rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, and the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. The Tea Merchants's national animal is the Tar, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Tea Merchants is ranked 60,252nd in the world and 1st in The Unicorns of the World for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 103.07 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Top
1%
Largest Insurance Industry: 1,330thTop
5%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,659thLargest Populations: 2,728thHighest Economic Output: 4,003rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,902ndLargest Mining Sector: 5,982ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,672ndFattest Citizens: 7,964thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,803rdSafest: 9,444thMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,373rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,681stTop
10%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 15,175thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17,890thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,962ndMost Conservative: 22,952ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23,906thLargest Retail Industry: 24,509thHighest Average Incomes: 25,071stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 25,198th

National Happenings

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  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : The Tea Merchants was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.

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