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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 441stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 842ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 886th
The Confederation of
New York Times Democracy
A Free People Know No Limits
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Soveriegn States

Population24.35 billion

CapitalJefferson
LeaderJanice Rudeles

CurrencyAtlantic Ducat
Animaltropical penguin

The Confederation of Soveriegn States is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Janice Rudeles with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 24.35 billion Soveriegn Statesians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jefferson. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Soveriegn Statesian economy, worth a remarkable 4,271 trillion Atlantic Ducats a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 175,426 Atlantic Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, annual Formula One races bring the capital to a screeching halt, even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing, and real power lies not in the debating room but with those who decide what is debated. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Soveriegn States's national animal is the tropical penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Soveriegn States is ranked 219,537th in the world and 23rd in Western Atlantic for Most Primitive, scoring -356.3 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 441stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 842ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 886thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,492ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,191stTop
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Fattest Citizens: 2,768thHighest Economic Output: 2,813thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,196thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,565thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,625thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,988thLargest Populations: 4,724thLargest Mining Sector: 6,282ndHighest Crime Rates: 6,428thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,090thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,207thMost Avoided: 8,667thLargest Retail Industry: 9,594thHighest Average Incomes: 9,864thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,134thSmartest Citizens: 10,227thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,401stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,460thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,202ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,896thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,679thLargest Black Market: 17,735thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,735thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,937thMost Efficient Economies: 18,770th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the region

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