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The Dichromatic Mechanism of August

August was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 228

“Quality over Quantity”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Cape of Good Hope

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August

Population13.088 billion

Currencysense
Animalleopard

The Dichromatic Mechanism of August is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, flagrant waste-dumping, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 13.088 billion Augustins live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Education and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment receive no funds. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Augustin economy, worth a remarkable 3,041 trillion senses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 232,350 senses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,602,502 per year while the poor average 11,945, a ratio of 134 to 1.

Enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, passengers often cause a stink on public transport, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, and the first test of a good kindergartener is the quality of the sponge-baths they give. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. August's national animal is the leopard, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

August is ranked 203,928th in the world and 184th in Cape of Good Hope for Most Developed, scoring 50.07 on the Human Development Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 223rdMost Armed: 243rdLargest Gambling Industry: 312thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 325thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 391stMost Avoided: 394thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 435thFattest Citizens: 493rdRudest Citizens: 540thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 824thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 939thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,137thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,159thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,164thLargest Retail Industry: 1,198thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,216thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,526thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,702ndMost Politically Free: 1,729thMost Pro-Market: 1,898thLargest Mining Sector: 2,155thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 2,620thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,732ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,397thHighest Average Incomes: 4,313thHighest Economic Output: 4,760thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,517thMost Cultured: 6,898thLargest Insurance Industry: 7,719thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,014thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,522ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,156thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,120thMost Influential: 13,557thMost Extreme: 15,800thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,593rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,755thLargest Black Market: 19,634thLargest Populations: 21,287thSmartest Citizens: 23,997th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the region

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