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The Hash-Slinging Slasher of Bobberino

“:GWPingSock:” Big Bob

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific



Population2.342 billion

CapitalMinas Tirith
LeaderBig Bob
FaithRoman Catholicism


The Hash-Slinging Slasher of Bobberino is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Big Bob with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.342 billion Bobberinoans are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Minas Tirith. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.7%.

The frighteningly efficient annoying economy, worth 372 trillion memes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 159,053 memes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 717,348 per year while the poor average 21,717, a ratio of 33.0 to 1.

Citizens often pray for divine guidance in supermarkets, cities are engulfed by smog, the clergy of Roman Catholicism remains a single-sex institution, and friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bobberino's national animal is the Ping, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Bobberino is ranked 144,054th in the world and 8,017th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 50.24 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Retail Industry: 1,145thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,497thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,706thMost Avoided: 3,228thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,299thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,571stFattest Citizens: 4,028thMost Influential: 5,934thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,295thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,475thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,509thLargest Mining Sector: 7,231stMost Corrupt Governments: 8,313thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,767thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 9,932ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,183rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,311thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,374thHighest Average Incomes: 11,036thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,490thMost Devout: 13,596thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,340thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,674thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 15,536thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,212thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,576thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,923rd
Largest Retail Industry: 54th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 93rd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 106th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 113th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 115th in the regionFattest Citizens: 119th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 240th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 248th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 251st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 287th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 299th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 357th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 394th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 403rd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 490th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 513th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 552nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 572nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 594th in the regionMost Devout: 624th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 684th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 732nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 761st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 778th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 783rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 839th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 846th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 900th in the region

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