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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 451stHighest Economic Output: 676thLargest Insurance Industry: 721st
The Borderlands of
Corporate Police State
Sit down, shut up, and drink your tea.
Influence
Ambassador
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Thistledom

Population32.024 billion

CapitalNew London
LeaderThistle

Currencyeuro
Animallynx

The Borderlands of Thistledom is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Thistle with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, digital currency, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 32.024 billion Thistledoms 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, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, with Defense and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New London. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Thistledom economy, worth a remarkable 8,113 trillion euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 253,372 euros, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 938,224 per year while the poor average 48,181, a ratio of 19.5 to 1.

The government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Thistledom restaurants, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high, and Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Thistledom's national animal is the lynx, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Thistledom is ranked 197,315th in the world and 20th in Haiku for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 5.3 Effective Tax Rate.

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1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 451stHighest Economic Output: 676thLargest Insurance Industry: 721stLowest Crime Rates: 1,070thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,136thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,140thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,156thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,172ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,332ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,491stMost Secular: 1,526thLargest Populations: 1,612thLargest Mining Sector: 1,677thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,689thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,267thMost Avoided: 2,352ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,425thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,479thHighest Average Incomes: 3,254thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,414thLargest Black Market: 4,040thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,311thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,060thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,382ndSafest: 7,982ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,479thLargest Governments: 8,678thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,138thTop
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Most Stationary: 10,358thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,405thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,605thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,910thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,160thHealthiest Citizens: 17,367thMost Developed: 17,867thMost Conservative: 19,393rdMost Influential: 20,291st
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Thistledom's influence in Haiku rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.

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