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The Dichromatic Mechanism of August

August was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 228

“Quality over Quantity”

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Cape of Good Hope



Population11.454 billion


The Dichromatic Mechanism of August is a gargantuan, efficient nation, notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, compulsory gun ownership, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 11.454 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, although Education and Public Transport are also considered important, while Law & Order and Environment aren't funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Augustin economy, worth a remarkable 2,661 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 205,351st in the world and 225th in Cape of Good Hope for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -51.77 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 211thMost Armed: 235thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 322ndLargest Gambling Industry: 336thMost Avoided: 408thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 428thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 429thRudest Citizens: 459thFattest Citizens: 491stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 797thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,015thLargest Retail Industry: 1,033rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,100thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,137thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,155thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,221stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,409thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,696thMost Politically Free: 1,737thLargest Mining Sector: 1,902ndMost Pro-Market: 1,935thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,468thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,642ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,053rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,152ndHighest Economic Output: 5,072ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,319thMost Cultured: 6,666thLargest Insurance Industry: 7,420thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,840thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,431stMost Corrupt Governments: 9,006thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 10,953rdMost Extreme: 12,660thMost Influential: 14,603rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,122ndLargest Black Market: 16,274thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,964th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionNudest: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the region

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