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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 10,238th Fattest Citizens: 10,459th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,950th
The Empire of
Capitalist Paradise
The Crown And Whales Provide
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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The Twelve Isles

Population5.89 billion

LeaderEmpress Bella Cartwine

AnimalLeviathan Whale

The Empire of The Twelve Isles is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Empress Bella Cartwine with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.89 billion Islishes are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Townhill. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 11.7%.

The very strong Twelve Islesian economy, worth 408 trillion Penets a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 69,391 Penets, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 210,330 per year while the poor average 17,804, a ratio of 11.8 to 1.

Penurious citizens die from easily remedied ailments because they aren't 'taking enough initiative', a newly discovered small mammal's name translates into Twelve Islesian as 'your finger, you fool', Empress Bella Cartwine is too busy listening to praise to get any work done, and the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass". Crime is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Twelve Isles's national animal is the Leviathan Whale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

The Twelve Isles is ranked 34,744th in the world and 1st in Federation of Allies for Most Primitive, scoring 38.01 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 10,238thFattest Citizens: 10,459thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,950thMost Avoided: 13,316thHighest Crime Rates: 15,319th
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the region

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