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Largest Insurance Industry: 745th Largest Retail Industry: 766th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,069th
The Teenage Wasteland of
Corporate Police State
Rock and Roll Romans Bring thy Hard Rock Hedonism
Legionary Anaxus
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Upper Secundus

Population5.586 billion

CapitalKnowhereland
LeaderLegionary Anaxus
FaithCultus Deorum Romanorum

CurrencyAureus
AnimalEagle

The Teenage Wasteland of Upper Secundus is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Legionary Anaxus with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ubiquitous missile silos, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.586 billion Upper Secundians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Knowhereland. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Secundian economy, worth a remarkable 1,250 trillion Aureuses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an amazing 223,786 Aureuses, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 931,823 per year while the poor average 35,132, a ratio of 26.5 to 1.

Police nightsticks see use all day long, Upper Secundians must literally pay their respects to hear from their political representatives, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita, and the homeless more often beg for mercy than money. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Upper Secundus's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Cultus Deorum Romanorum.

Upper Secundus is ranked 59,183rd in the world and 1st in Absurdia for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 745thLargest Retail Industry: 766thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,069thMost Avoided: 1,122ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,158thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,316thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,469thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,547thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,631stTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 1,883rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,971stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,106thHighest Average Incomes: 4,092ndLargest Black Market: 4,227thRudest Citizens: 4,459thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,196thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,532ndMost Devout: 7,075thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,382ndMost Efficient Economies: 7,390thMost Armed: 7,425thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,589thHighest Economic Output: 11,250thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12,027thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,425thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,217thLargest Governments: 13,437thMost Pro-Market: 15,978th

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