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Most Primitive: 321stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 658thMost Devout: 1,225th
The Grey Wardens of
Mother Knows Best State
Eshialand's Guardian Puppet
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Upper Michigania

Population4.765 billion

LeaderQueen Summer Agireul
FaithDefending the Many Regions of the World


The Grey Wardens of Upper Michigania is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Queen Summer Agireul with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, rampant corporate plagiarism, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.765 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 78.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Michiganian economy, worth 751 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 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 157,691 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, the might of the entire Upper Michiganian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and Harry Potter books are banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Upper Michigania's national animal is the gryphon and its national religion is Defending the Many Regions of the World.

Upper Michigania is ranked 107,710th in the world and 2nd in L DuF for Most Income Equality, scoring 36.35 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most Primitive: 321stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 658thMost Devout: 1,225thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,393rdHighest Crime Rates: 2,210thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,864thLargest Black Market: 4,038thMost Avoided: 4,486thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,055thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,361stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,422ndFattest Citizens: 5,806thLargest Retail Industry: 6,053rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,406thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,176thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,190thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,074thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,162ndLargest Welfare Programs: 9,980thMost Cultured: 10,537thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,614thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,106thMost Armed: 13,002ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,151stHighest Average Incomes: 13,459thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,217thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,894thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,896thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,039thMost Patriotic: 16,415thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,429thLargest Governments: 19,845thMost Efficient Economies: 21,408th

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