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The Hash-Slinging Slasher of Bobberino

“A pissed admin a day keeps the server okay” Spammer in Chief

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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Bobberino

Population1.967 billion

CapitalMinas Tirith
LeaderSpammer in Chief
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencymeme
AnimalPing

The Hash-Slinging Slasher of Bobberino is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Spammer in Chief with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, otherworldly petting zoo, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.967 billion Spammers 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 7.5%.

The frighteningly efficient annoying economy, worth 311 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 158,588 memes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 715,251 per year while the poor average 21,653, a ratio of 33.0 to 1.

People who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned, citizens often pray for divine guidance in supermarkets, cities are engulfed by smog, and the clergy of Roman Catholicism remains a single-sex institution. 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 43,964th in the world and 2,138th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 25.48 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1,113thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,762ndMost Avoided: 3,248thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,335thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,570thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,781stFattest Citizens: 4,028thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,166thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,297thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,457thLargest Mining Sector: 6,848thMost Influential: 6,926thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,059thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,503rdTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 9,533rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,122ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,165thMost Efficient Economies: 10,337thHighest Average Incomes: 10,882ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,350thMost Devout: 12,936thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 13,231stLargest Insurance Industry: 13,972ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,782ndMost Subsidized Industry: 15,690thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,369thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,088th
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Largest Retail Industry: 57th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 105th in the regionMost Avoided: 106th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 114th in the regionFattest Citizens: 119th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 124th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 238th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 244th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 244th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 257th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 300th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 302nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 358th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 363rd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 531st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 535th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 537th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 579th in the regionMost Devout: 610th in the regionLargest Black Market: 613th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 667th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 683rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 692nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 723rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 765th in the regionRudest Citizens: 798th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 800th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 871st in the region

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