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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 127thRudest Citizens: 148thLargest Retail Industry: 168th
The Dominion of
Capitalist Paradise
Progress & Prosperity
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Tord

Population3.29 billion

CapitalNew Tord City

Currencylira
Animalswan

The Dominion of The Tord is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its closed borders, ritual sacrifices, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 3.29 billion Tordians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Tord City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Tordian economy, worth 815 trillion lire a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 247,932 lire, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,110,265 per year while the poor average 5,180, a ratio of 407 to 1.

Patriotic citizens simply tend to applaud rather than sing the nation's praises, door-to-door salesmen are frequently beaten up by 'vigilantes', pharmacists increasingly claim they are morally obligated to take long lunches, and teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Tord's national animal is the swan, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Tord is ranked 28,275th in the world and 4th in The Azalean Collective for Most Influential, scoring 1,091 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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1%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 127thRudest Citizens: 148thLargest Retail Industry: 168thHighest Crime Rates: 221stMost Armed: 231stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 243rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 267thFattest Citizens: 273rdLargest Gambling Industry: 288thMost Avoided: 439thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 453rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 524thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 726thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 818thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,040thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,407thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,416thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,702ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,711thMost Efficient Economies: 1,929thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 2,417thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,379thHighest Average Incomes: 3,463rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,783rdNudest: 5,446thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,542ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,055thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,787thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,162ndTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 12,896thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,335thHighest Drug Use: 20,590thMost Secular: 20,716thHighest Economic Output: 21,173rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, pharmacists increasingly claim they are morally obligated to take long lunches.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, door-to-door salesmen are frequently beaten up by 'vigilantes'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, patriotic citizens simply tend to applaud rather than sing the nation's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, tour guides tell passengers that there is beautiful architecture just behind the two-hundred-foot concrete walls.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, there's a bright dawn ahead for The Tord.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in The Tord, kids are told they can be whoever they want to be when they grow up.

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