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Most Secular: 2,577thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,794thLargest Retail Industry: 7,532nd
The Borderlands of
Iron Fist Consumerists
SUSUSUSUSU
Sue
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Usususu

Population4.004 billion

CapitalSusu
LeaderSue

Currencymolar
Animalhippopotamus

The Borderlands of Usususu is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Sue with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.004 billion Usususuans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Susu. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 23.1%.

The very strong Usususuan economy, worth 378 trillion molars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 94,453 molars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 281,675 per year while the poor average 24,801, a ratio of 11.4 to 1.

A spate of enforced closures has left 'Government FM' as the nation's only radio station, the nation won three wars against Brancaland this weekend, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service, and Usususu's army is full of two-metre tall super-soldiers. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Usususu's national animal is the hippopotamus, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Usususu is ranked 142,645th in the world and 125th in The Hole To Hide In for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 290.77 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Most Secular: 2,577thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,794thLargest Retail Industry: 7,532ndMost Corrupt Governments: 11,262ndMost Conservative: 11,338thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,797thMost Patriotic: 12,172ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,185thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 13,114thLargest Black Market: 15,159thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,268thMost Avoided: 22,383rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23,554th
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionMost Conservative: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16th in the regionMost Patriotic: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Usususu was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Usususu was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Patriotic and Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Usususu was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Usususu, Usususu's army is full of two-metre tall super-soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in Usususu, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service.
  • : Following new legislation in Usususu, the nation won three wars against Brancaland this weekend.
  • : Usususu was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Usususu was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Usususu was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Usususu was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Patriotic.

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