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Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 115thLargest Insurance Industry: 151st
The Corporate Theocracy of
Corporate Police State
Santa is Watching
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Merry Christmas

Population21.706 billion

CapitalChristmas Town
LeaderSanta
FaithChristmas Spirit

Currencydollar
Animalreindeer

The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Santa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.706 billion Christmasites are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Christmas Town. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Christmas economy, worth a remarkable 7,874 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 362,758 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,729,350 per year while the poor average 44,718, a ratio of 38.7 to 1.

Most pop videos prominently feature the Christmas flag, celebrity foodies are biting a huge chunk out of the government budget, the government is outsourcing itself, and only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Merry Christmas's national animal is the reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christmas Spirit.

The Merry Christmas is ranked 230,303rd in the world and 8th in The Arctic for Safest, scoring 3.32 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Top
1%
Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 115thLargest Insurance Industry: 151stMost Avoided: 255thFattest Citizens: 280thMost Devout: 285thMost Corrupt Governments: 299thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 320thMost Efficient Economies: 331stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 341stHighest Disposable Incomes: 350thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 367thLargest Agricultural Sector: 529thLargest Mining Sector: 550thMost Ignorant Citizens: 668thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 748thHighest Economic Output: 759thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 843rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,086thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,170thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,368thTop
5%
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,357thRudest Citizens: 2,422ndLowest Crime Rates: 2,617thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,863rdLargest Populations: 5,581stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,766thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,230thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,477thMost Stationary: 7,575thLargest Black Market: 10,566thLargest Governments: 11,048thTop
10%
Most Influential: 13,187thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,900thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,489th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Merry Christmas lodged a message on the The Arctic Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the government is outsourcing itself.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, celebrity foodies are biting a huge chunk out of the government budget.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, most pop videos prominently feature the Christmas flag.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, Santa's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece.

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