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Highest Crime Rates: 2,613th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,680th Largest Gambling Industry: 4,248th
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Western Kodiaks

Population7.411 billion

CapitalLarsen Bay
LeaderGentle Ben

CurrencyBottle Cap
AnimalChinook Salmon

The Colony of Western Kodiaks is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Gentle Ben with an even hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.411 billion Western Kodiaks enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, although Defense, Industry, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Larsen Bay. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.5%.

The powerhouse Kodiakese economy, worth 670 trillion Bottle Caps a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 90,503 Bottle Caps, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 537,395 per year while the poor average 7,004, a ratio of 76.7 to 1.

Woefully uninformed voters cast their ballots at random, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges, employers are never quite sure if graduates' qualifications have any merit or meaning, and factory workers offered 20-hour shifts are expected to thank their bosses for the wonderful opportunity. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Western Kodiaks's national animal is the Chinook Salmon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Western Kodiaks is ranked 36,956th in the world and 163rd in Capitalist Paradise for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 92.19 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 2,613thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,680thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,248thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,058thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,119thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,653rdMost Pro-Market: 7,072ndMost Avoided: 7,437thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 9,057thRudest Citizens: 11,528thLargest Retail Industry: 12,750thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,095thFattest Citizens: 14,827thNudest: 15,551stMost Armed: 17,528th
Most Pro-Market: 22nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 30th in the region

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