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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 715thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,998thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,586th
The Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Peace and Justice
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Urial97

Population4.345 billion

Currencyrupee
Animalemu

The Republic of Urial97 is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.345 billion Urial97ians 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Education. The average income tax rate is 81.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Urial97ian economy, worth 614 trillion rupees 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 Woodchip Exports, Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Gambling. 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 141,446 rupees, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, politicians stage photo ops featuring barely functional fighter jets, the elderly are killed softly with a song, and homeless people are periodically found dead upon altars to assorted deities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Urial97's national animal is the emu, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Urial97 is ranked 3,062nd in the world and 81st in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 854 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 715thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,998thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,586thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,884thLargest Black Market: 3,062ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,096thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,881stMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,240thMost Devout: 6,479thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,512thNudest: 8,156thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,017thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,151stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,847thMost Avoided: 10,213thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,531stTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 13,753rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,132ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,704thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,572ndHighest Average Incomes: 16,161stHighest Poor Incomes: 16,999thLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,056thLargest Governments: 23,450th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 24th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 45th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionLargest Black Market: 81st in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 91st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 122nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 129th in the regionMost Devout: 185th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 191st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 247th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 249th in the regionNudest: 256th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 274th in the regionMost Avoided: 360th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 388th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 392nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 420th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 455th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 458th in the regionMost Stationary: 478th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 483rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 491st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 533rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 557th in the regionLargest Governments: 679th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 695th in the regionLargest Populations: 803rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 854th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, homeless people are periodically found dead upon altars to assorted deities.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, the elderly are killed softly with a song.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, politicians stage photo ops featuring barely functional fighter jets.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, cassocked priests and choirboys believe that what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, the government is flooded with compensation requests.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired.
  • : Following new legislation in Urial97, the might of the entire Urial97ian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.

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