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The Armed Corporations of Aurora Islands

“If you have money, nothing is impossible!” General John Westmoreland

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: United Kingdom

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Aurora Islands

Population34.626 billion

CapitalAurora City
LeaderGeneral John Westmoreland

Currencygolden dollar
Animalgolden hummingbird

The Armed Corporations of Aurora Islands is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by General John Westmoreland with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 34.626 billion Auroraians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aurora City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Auroraian economy, worth an astonishing 35,329 trillion golden dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is a breathtaking 1,020,305 golden dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 9,556,745 per year while the poor average 9,178, a ratio of 1,041 to 1.

Every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away, citizens finish cleaning up after the annual National Treasure Hunt just in time for the next one, and the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop. Crime is totally unknown. Aurora Islands's national animal is the golden hummingbird, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Aurora Islands is ranked 97th in the world and 1st in United Kingdom for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 46,682.37 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1stMost Efficient Economies: 2ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdRudest Citizens: 6thMost Corrupt Governments: 9thHighest Average Incomes: 12thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13thFattest Citizens: 14thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 21stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22ndHighest Economic Output: 23rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31stLargest Retail Industry: 31stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 32ndLargest Insurance Industry: 38thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 39thMost Secular: 40thMost Avoided: 44thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 48thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 49thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 49thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 55thMost Patriotic: 69thLargest Agricultural Sector: 91stLargest Gambling Industry: 97thLargest Mining Sector: 98thSmartest Citizens: 109thLargest Governments: 123rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 159thMost Armed: 193rdMost Subsidized Industry: 205thLargest Information Technology Sector: 274thLargest Publishing Industry: 307thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 631stMost Rebellious Youth: 638thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 690thMost Cultured: 743rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,703rdMost Pro-Market: 1,802ndLargest Populations: 2,704thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,996thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,471stLowest Crime Rates: 10,065thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,491stLargest Black Market: 10,877thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,525th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 28th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 35th in the regionNudest: 40th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, citizens finish cleaning up after the annual National Treasure Hunt just in time for the next one.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, the paparazzi publicize Royal scandals with the utmost delight.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, citizens may cast their vote over the internet or phone.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurora Islands, bread-gangs raid restaurant waste bins to stockpile uneaten rolls.

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