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The Modern Portfolio Theory of Daedra1a

“DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI”

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

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Daedra1a Zombie Fort

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Daedra1a

Population31.72 billion

CapitalOpulentia
LeaderHIM Opulentus I
FaithEfficient Frontier

CurrencyExpected Return
AnimalRisk-free Asset

The Modern Portfolio Theory of Daedra1a is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by HIM Opulentus I with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, unlimited-speed roads, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 31.72 billion Daedra1ans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, with Defense and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Opulentia. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Daedra1an economy, worth an astonishing 29,442 trillion Expected Returns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 928,205 Expected Returns, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,658,749 per year while the poor average 8,798, a ratio of 984 to 1.

Commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year, customers who are not the epitome of politeness always find themselves at the back of the queue, stockbrokers dream of getting rich by writing textbooks, and old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Daedra1a's national animal is the Risk-free Asset, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Efficient Frontier.

Daedra1a is ranked 12,426th in the world and 1st in Daedra1a Zombie Fort for Most Pro-Market, scoring 92.67 on the Rand Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12thFattest Citizens: 12thMost Efficient Economies: 12thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14thLargest Insurance Industry: 16thLargest Retail Industry: 16thHighest Average Incomes: 16thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 17thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19thMost Avoided: 22ndRudest Citizens: 23rdMost Corrupt Governments: 26thHighest Economic Output: 26thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 28thLargest Gambling Industry: 30thLargest Mining Sector: 44thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 57thMost Secular: 60thMost Scientifically Advanced: 142ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 146thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 244thSmartest Citizens: 278thMost Armed: 442ndLargest Publishing Industry: 455thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,493rdLargest Populations: 1,642ndTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,257thLargest Governments: 2,588thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,591stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,629thLargest Black Market: 4,934thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 12,426thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,053rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, stockbrokers dream of getting rich by writing textbooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, customers who are not the epitome of politeness always find themselves at the back of the queue.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, the nanny industry has had a boom after maternity leave was recently banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto Daedra1an beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, international war crimes are good for business and business is booming.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, Daedra1an athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump.
  • : Following new legislation in Daedra1a, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.

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