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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,340thFattest Citizens: 5,086thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,104th
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Wombling Thunder

Population2.736 billion

CapitalThunderbolt Alley
LeaderThe Storm King
FaithSky Of Hell

CurrencyCold Front
AnimalWinds Of Fury

The Frightening Lightening of Wombling Thunder is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Storm King with a fair hand, and renowned for its vat-grown people, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.736 billion Raindrops hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thunderbolt Alley. The average income tax rate is 70.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Wombling Thunderian economy, worth 347 trillion Cold Fronts 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 a large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, Gambling, and Information Technology. 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 127,053 Cold Fronts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's reputation for treachery has left it sidelined on the international stage, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks, boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers', and the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Wombling Thunder's national animal is the Winds Of Fury, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Sky Of Hell.

Wombling Thunder is ranked 236,607th in the world and 13,552nd in Chicken overlords for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -6.32 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,340thFattest Citizens: 5,086thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,104thRudest Citizens: 6,872ndLargest Gambling Industry: 8,994thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,625thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,012thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,354thLargest Black Market: 11,484thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,236thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,950thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 14,061stLargest Welfare Programs: 16,403rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,045thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,490thMost Efficient Economies: 20,414thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,429thHighest Average Incomes: 23,289thHighest Drug Use: 24,714thMost Developed: 25,141stMost Advanced Public Education: 26,329thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26,864thMost Corrupt Governments: 27,406thLargest Governments: 27,566th
Largest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionFattest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 26th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionMost Developed: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 29th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 35th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 43rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 43rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 44th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 44th in the regionMost Inclusive: 49th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 56th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 73rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 75th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 106th in the regionBest Weather: 118th in the regionMost Income Equality: 149th in the regionMost Secular: 151st in the regionTop
Most Influential: 243rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 261st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 314th in the regionMost Average: 491st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 623rd in the regionMost Conservative: 638th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 650th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 702nd in the regionTop
Safest: 859th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 983rd in the region

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