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Most Primitive: 753rd Most Ignorant Citizens: 910th Most Devout: 2,741st
The Commonwealth of
Father Knows Best State
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Ulto

Population5.126 billion

Currencydollar
Animalporpoise

The Commonwealth of Ulto is a colossal, orderly nation, notable for its closed borders, prohibition of alcohol, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.126 billion Ultoans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Administration and Healthcare are also considered important, while Industry and International Aid are ignored. The average income tax rate is 17.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Ultoan economy, worth 149 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Retail, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 29,093 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Entire families swing in the wind at the national gallows, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts, soldiers go to war dressed in cassocks and robes, and the nation's apology for those it has executed in the last year has come a little late for some. Crime is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ulto's national animal is the porpoise, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Ulto is ranked 135,700th in the world and 27th in Unknown for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -7.07 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Primitive: 753rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 910thTop
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Most Devout: 2,741stHighest Crime Rates: 2,944thLargest Retail Industry: 4,138thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,462ndMost Avoided: 4,983rdMost Corrupt Governments: 5,658thMost Armed: 5,874thTop
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Largest Black Market: 8,738th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, the nation's apology for those it has executed in the last year has come a little late for some.
  • : Ulto was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, soldiers go to war dressed in cassocks and robes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, entire families swing in the wind at the national gallows.
  • : Ulto was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, rocket boots and thermal detonators have become standard-issue military gear.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, police reduce their paperwork by refusing to arrest anyone.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, the government has been kicking out foreign corporations in a bid to grow enough food for the populace.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulto, raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing.

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