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Highest Crime Rates: 2,045thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,056thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,261st
The Deer Hunters of
Corporate Bordello
One shot is what it's all about.
Influence
Apprentice
Communications Director
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Sedge

Population22.642 billion

LeaderSedge

CurrencyDollar
AnimalDeer

The Deer Hunters of The Sedge is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sedge with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, irreverence towards religion, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 22.642 billion Sedgeans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.2%.

The all-consuming Sedgean economy, worth a remarkable 1,667 trillion Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 73,653 Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 362,977 per year while the poor average 8,519, a ratio of 42.6 to 1.

Exports of chewing gum are inexplicably falling, the industries of The Sedge are coughing all the way to the bank, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation, and Sedgean athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Sedge's national animal is the Deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Sedge is ranked 226,063rd in the world and 118th in Founderless for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 12.76 Tourists Per Hour.

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,045thTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,056thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,261stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,098thRudest Citizens: 4,162ndFattest Citizens: 4,751stLargest Populations: 5,206thMost Avoided: 6,031stLargest Retail Industry: 6,432ndMost Armed: 8,133rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,202ndHighest Economic Output: 10,002ndMost Rebellious Youth: 10,857thTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 11,775thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,100thHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,011thMost Pro-Market: 20,058thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,177th
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Rudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Sedge was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, Sedgean athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, the industries of The Sedge are coughing all the way to the bank.
  • : The Sedge was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, exports of chewing gum are inexplicably falling.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, one of the nation's leading exports is empty platitudes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, for the sake of 'public interest' news programs tell viewers how to home-make Sarin gas bombs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, The Sedge City's iconic yellow taxis are nowhere to be seen.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, former customs officers are adjusting to their new lives as market stall traders.

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