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The Colony of Arcadia and Centauri

“We explore the frontier”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Realm of the Whispering Winds

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Arcadia and Centauri

Population329 million

CapitalThe citadel of money

CurrencyStar credits
AnimalThe gorpzing

The Colony of Arcadia and Centauri is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 329 million Arcadia and Centaurians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The citadel of money. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.6%.

The all-consuming Arcadia and Centaurian economy, worth 31.7 trillion Star credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is 96,356 Star credits, with the richest citizens earning 8.7 times as much as the poorest.

The secret ingredient is love (and MSG), international trade is a sticky issue, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion, and lines of trenches demarcate the nation's borders. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arcadia and Centauri's national animal is the The gorpzing, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Arcadia and Centauri is ranked 211,410th in the world and 88th in Realm of the Whispering Winds for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -8.37 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 4,153rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,477thTop
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Most Avoided: 14,393rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,560thLargest Retail Industry: 19,991stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22,809th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, lines of trenches demarcate the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, international trade is a sticky issue.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, the secret ingredient is love (and MSG).
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, main battle tanks stalk the woods of Arcadia and Centauri in search of The gorpzings.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, public toilets are famed for their rear entries.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, balaclava manufacturers are held criminally culpable for bank heists.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcadia and Centauri, the Arcadia and Centauri Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.

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