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Most Efficient Economies: 190th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 340th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,545th
The Federated Imperial States of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
By my honour, let it be so
His Excellency Emperor Cassius I
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Federated Imperial States of Wantsum is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by His Excellency Emperor Cassius I with an even hand, and remarkable for its conspicuous electricity pylons, anti-smoking policies, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 11.142 billion Wantsumians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Erion City - Imperial District. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Wantsumian economy, worth a remarkable 1,744 trillion Imperial Soliduses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 156,554 Imperial Soliduses, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 474,630 per year while the poor average 40,155, a ratio of 11.8 to 1.

Rich people sell their mansions to pay for endless rows of mobile homes, food voucher forgeries are causing headaches for the police, the government funds large training centres to turn Imperial Black Phoenixes into functioning members of society, and Imperial Black Phoenix owners exercise their pets at a snail's pace or risk prosecution. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wantsum's national animal is the Imperial Black Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is determined by the Emperor.

Wantsum is ranked 11,920th in the world and 13th in The Commonwealth of Crowns for Smartest Citizens, with 75.55 Quips Per Hour.

Most Efficient Economies: 190thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 340thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,545thLargest Retail Industry: 2,665thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,032ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,284thHighest Economic Output: 5,347thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,945thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,002ndLargest Black Market: 7,278thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 7,740thHighest Average Incomes: 9,973rdMost Developed: 10,892ndLargest Populations: 11,220thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,478thSmartest Citizens: 11,920thMost Influential: 11,975thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,075th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the region

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