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Most Armed: 1,568th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,864th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,912th
The Land of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Come along with me
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Townside

Population4.274 billion

CapitalTown Beside the Sea
LeaderGrand Prince Zackery Carlisle
FaithChurch of Townside

CurrencyKilo Silver
AnimalButterfly

The Land of Townside is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Prince Zackery Carlisle with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, otherworldly petting zoo, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.274 billion Townsiders 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Industry, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Town Beside the Sea. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 29.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Townside economy, worth 844 trillion Kilo Silvers a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 197,573 Kilo Silvers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 731,606 per year while the poor average 37,570, a ratio of 19.5 to 1.

The police have been known to wiretap confessional boxes, financial investors are noting a boom in artillery, rabbits are known to spontaneously explode without warning, and strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else. 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. Townside's national animal is the Butterfly, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Church of Townside.

Townside is ranked 4,930th in the world and 28th in The Western Isles for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 20 Valid Endorsements.

Top
1%
Most Armed: 1,568thTop
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,864thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,912thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,094thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,211thMost Influential: 2,312thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,401stLargest Retail Industry: 2,788thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,990thFattest Citizens: 3,147thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,312thLargest Black Market: 3,760thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,989thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,371stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,930thMost Avoided: 5,092ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,268thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,867thHighest Average Incomes: 5,910thLargest Mining Sector: 7,289thTop
10%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,316thMost Efficient Economies: 12,353rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,706thRudest Citizens: 13,902ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,360thMost Secular: 15,810th
Top
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionTop
10%
Most Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionMost Conservative: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Townside lodged a message on the The Western Isles Regional Message Board.
  • : Townside lodged a message on the The Western Isles Regional Message Board.
  • : Townside lodged a message on the The Western Isles Regional Message Board.
  • : Townside lodged a message on the The Western Isles Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Townside, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else.
  • : Following new legislation in Townside, rabbits are known to spontaneously explode without warning.
  • : Townside was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Townside was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Following new legislation in Townside, financial investors are noting a boom in artillery.
  • : Following new legislation in Townside, the police have been known to wiretap confessional boxes.

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