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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,866thMost Primitive: 2,869thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,050th
The Holy Empire of
Father Knows Best State
The best lack all conviction
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ump491

Population1.618 billion

CurrencyDollar
AnimalGiraffe

The Holy Empire of Ump491 is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its triple-decker prams, state-planned economy, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.618 billion Ump491ians 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 69.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ump491ian economy, worth 170 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Basket Weaving, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an impressive 105,495 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers, many suspect that the 'Whinny The Plop' children's magazine contains covert criticism of Leader, and the police double as repo men. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ump491's national animal is the Giraffe, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ump491 is ranked 11,834th in the world and 479th in The North Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 73.9 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,866thMost Primitive: 2,869thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,050thFattest Citizens: 6,729thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,116thLargest Retail Industry: 8,340thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,058thMost Secular: 9,674thMost Avoided: 9,741stMost Subsidized Industry: 9,898thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,105thLargest Black Market: 11,834thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,108thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,932ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,050thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,195thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,262ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22,026thMost Efficient Economies: 22,052nd
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Most Primitive: 140th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 142nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 262nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 336th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 381st in the regionMost Avoided: 421st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 429th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 446th in the regionLargest Black Market: 479th in the regionMost Secular: 499th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 532nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 564th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 605th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 695th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 712th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 825th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 910th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 958th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, the police double as repo men.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, many suspect that the 'Whinny The Plop' children's magazine contains covert criticism of Leader.
  • : Ump491 was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, passwords to nuclear codes must now contain upper and lower case characters.
  • : Ump491 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, reinventing the wheel is a favourite pastime of Ump491ian weapons designers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump491, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.

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