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Most Efficient Economies: 35thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 76thMost Devout: 84th
The Trade Congolomorate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Ingredere, et frui
Prime Minister Machiavelli
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Widgetalia

Population18.711 billion

CapitalWidgetalia City
LeaderPrime Minister Machiavelli
FaithHierarchigal Capitalisim

CurrencySawbuck
AnimalJungle Ferret

The Trade Congolomorate of Widgetalia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Machiavelli with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.711 billion Widgetalians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Widgetalia City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Widgetalian economy, worth an astonishing 10,034 trillion Sawbucks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is a breathtaking 536,272 Sawbucks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,587,661 per year while the poor average 30,237, a ratio of 118 to 1.

Everyone wants to be on the guest list for diplomatic parties, murder is sanctioned if the legal paperwork is filled out correctly, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, and bouncers at the door of the sweet shop warn five-year-olds not to cause trouble. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Widgetalia's national animal is the Jungle Ferret, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Hierarchigal Capitalisim.

Widgetalia is ranked 164th in the world and 10th in Lazarus for Most Corrupt Governments, with 862.56 kickbacks per hour.

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Most Efficient Economies: 35thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 76thMost Devout: 84thHighest Disposable Incomes: 90thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 115thMost Corrupt Governments: 164thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 181stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 225thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 225thHighest Average Incomes: 235thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 244thLargest Insurance Industry: 257thMost Subsidized Industry: 272ndLargest Mining Sector: 287thLargest Retail Industry: 324thLargest Agricultural Sector: 418thMost Armed: 498thHighest Economic Output: 502ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 512thMost Cultured: 530thLargest Gambling Industry: 598thMost Scientifically Advanced: 677thMost Avoided: 692ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 709thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 773rdRudest Citizens: 939thLargest Governments: 943rdFattest Citizens: 958thLowest Crime Rates: 1,079thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,249thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,332ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,514thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,214thMost Patriotic: 2,321stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,260thLargest Black Market: 3,464thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,175thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,176thMost Stationary: 4,424thLargest Populations: 9,830thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 11,032ndMost Influential: 11,892ndLargest Publishing Industry: 14,373rdMost Developed: 18,519thMost Conservative: 20,038th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 18th in the regionMost Armed: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 21st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionMost Cultured: 26th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Avoided: 33rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 48th in the regionFattest Citizens: 48th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 61st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 64th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 70th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 70th in the regionTop
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Most Patriotic: 85th in the regionMost Stationary: 86th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 88th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 101st in the regionLargest Black Market: 160th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 230th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 268th in the regionLargest Populations: 286th in the regionMost Influential: 287th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 574th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, bouncers at the door of the sweet shop warn five-year-olds not to cause trouble.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, murder is sanctioned if the legal paperwork is filled out correctly.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, everyone wants to be on the guest list for diplomatic parties.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away.
  • : Widgetalia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, everyone has the equal opportunity to have their wallet stolen.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, interviewees for teaching jobs are waterboarded to "reveal undesirable histories".

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