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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,677thMost Armed: 3,616thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,614th
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The Tsunterlands

Population2.652 billion

LeaderCouncillor Shannigan
Faiththe Black Faith


The Cooperative Republic of The Tsunterlands is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Councillor Shannigan with a fair hand, and remarkable for its avant-garde cinema, frequent executions, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 2.652 billion Tsunters enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Barbarossa. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.2%.

The thriving Tsunter economy, worth 239 trillion Silverpounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 90,441 Silverpounds, with the richest citizens earning 8.7 times as much as the poorest.

There's a bright dawn ahead for The Tsunterlands, internet moderator is one of the most popular jobs among the nation's more socially awkward citizens, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination, and the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying. Crime is a problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Tsunterlands's national animal is the Macaque, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Black Faith.

The Tsunterlands is ranked 39,437th in the world and 106th in The Western Isles for Most Beautiful Environments, with 729.45 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,677thTop
Most Armed: 3,616thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,614thRudest Citizens: 6,537thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,069thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,618thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,205thTop
Fattest Citizens: 20,297thMost Devout: 21,411thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,030thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 25,477thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 27,679thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30,467th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 18th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19th in the regionFattest Citizens: 20th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 21st in the region

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