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Most Primitive: 221stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 710thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,099th
The Grey Wardens of
Mother Knows Best State
Eshialand's Guardian Puppet
Influence
Zero
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Upper Michigania

Population3.279 billion

CapitalMarquette
LeaderQueen Summer Agireul
FaithDefending the Many Regions of the World

Currencydollar
Animalgryphon

The Grey Wardens of Upper Michigania is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Queen Summer Agireul with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.279 billion Upper Michiganians 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 Defense, Administration, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marquette. The average income tax rate is 75.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Michiganian economy, worth 497 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, quite specialized 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 151,803 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Diplomats in Upper Michigania are furious at constant police surveillance, human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings, and ceremonial zweihänders are used in holy rituals. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Upper Michigania's national animal is the gryphon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Defending the Many Regions of the World.

Upper Michigania is ranked 224,722nd in the world and 8th in The European Economic And Defence Union for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -12.81 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Primitive: 221stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 710thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,099thMost Devout: 1,287thHighest Crime Rates: 1,820thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,678thMost Avoided: 3,724thLargest Black Market: 4,637thLargest Retail Industry: 4,956thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,256thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,313thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,521stFattest Citizens: 6,048thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,339thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,327thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,131stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,400thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,213thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,404thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,571stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,475thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,580thMost Cultured: 10,999thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,639thTop
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Most Patriotic: 12,163rdMost Armed: 12,201stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,295thHighest Average Incomes: 13,639thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,663rdHighest Poor Incomes: 16,819thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,997thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,431stMost Efficient Economies: 19,940thLargest Governments: 20,243rd

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