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Largest Information Technology Sector: 252ndMost Patriotic: 391stMost Scientifically Advanced: 545th
The Kingdom and the Church of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Sorrow baptizes men
The Custodian
Deputy Prime Minister
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Orange Creek

Population11.511 billion

LeaderThe Custodian
FaithChurch of Crymenathea


The Kingdom and the Church of Orange Creek is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Custodian with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, vat-grown people, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.511 billion Oranics are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Casablanca. The average income tax rate is 96.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Oranic economy, worth a remarkable 4,152 trillion tremorions 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 amazing 360,700 tremorions, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, the children of Orange Creek are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities, and UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Orange Creek's national animal is the owl, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church of Crymenathea.

Orange Creek is ranked 232,799th in the world and 251st in Institute of Cellulose for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 17.1 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 252ndMost Patriotic: 391stMost Scientifically Advanced: 545thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 647thHighest Poor Incomes: 841stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 864thLargest Publishing Industry: 968thLargest Black Market: 1,169thMost Devout: 1,201stHighest Average Incomes: 1,206thSmartest Citizens: 1,377thMost Developed: 1,450thLowest Crime Rates: 1,476thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,751stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,806thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,112thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2,381stMost Cultured: 2,496thLargest Governments: 2,527thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,580thHighest Economic Output: 3,047thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,798thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,847thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,385thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,666thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,842ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,386thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,803rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,332ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,597thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,651stLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,716thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,439thRudest Citizens: 11,568thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,738thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,551stMost Authoritarian: 14,456thLargest Retail Industry: 17,801stLargest Welfare Programs: 21,146thHighest Food Quality: 22,223rdMost Influential: 22,621st
Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 24th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 25th in the region

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