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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 92nd Largest Mining Sector: 144th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 194th
The Free State of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Pro 1QAZ2wsx, Pro Patria, Pro Lege
Supreme Carbon Unit 1QAZ2wsx
Influence
Enforcer
Homeland Officer
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The TransPecos

Population28.202 billion

Capital1QAZ2wsxburgh
LeaderSupreme Carbon Unit 1QAZ2wsx
FaithLove Carbon Unit 1QAZ2wsx

CurrencyCarbonia
AnimalCarbon Canary

The Free State of The TransPecos is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Supreme Carbon Unit 1QAZ2wsx with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, compulsory military service, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 28.202 billion TransPecosians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of 1QAZ2wsxburgh. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient TransPecosian economy, worth a remarkable 8,129 trillion Carbonias a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 288,265 Carbonias, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 982,257 per year while the poor average 62,306, a ratio of 15.8 to 1.

Film studios own the rights to actors' likenesses until the next millennium, the monarchy has adopted absolute primogeniture, people take government jobs for the frequent flier miles, and ghost regiments exist only on paper. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The TransPecos's national animal is the Carbon Canary, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Love Carbon Unit 1QAZ2wsx.

The TransPecos is ranked 489th in the world and 1st in Free States of Gaia for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 92ndLargest Mining Sector: 144thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 194thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 354thMost Avoided: 400thMost Stationary: 413thLargest Publishing Industry: 475thMost Efficient Economies: 489thHighest Economic Output: 515thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 524thLargest Retail Industry: 525thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 599thHealthiest Citizens: 623rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 697thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 731stLowest Crime Rates: 1,251stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,309thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,408thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,474thLargest Black Market: 1,554thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,787thLargest Populations: 1,941stRudest Citizens: 2,436thNudest: 2,703rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,874thMost Cultured: 4,902ndMost Influential: 5,414thSmartest Citizens: 5,460thTop
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Most Secular: 13,258thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,602ndLargest Gambling Industry: 16,882nd
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, people take government jobs for the frequent flier miles.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, the monarchy has adopted absolute primogeniture.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, film studios own the rights to actors' likenesses until the next millennium.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, administrative districts are increasingly defined by their taste in housing architecture.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, the police have been swamped with requests to stay up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space'.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, the distracting décor lining the roads causes multiple pile-ups.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in The TransPecos, the government has become increasingly militant.

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