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The Very Strange Bartender of Dhelerum

“🎶Stampede, cry stampede🎶” Marty Robins

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Sands



Population4.597 billion

CapitalEl Paso
LeaderMarty Robins
FaithLady Luck


The Very Strange Bartender of Dhelerum is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Marty Robins with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, daily referendums, and ritual sacrifices. The cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.597 billion Dhelerumians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Paso. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 53.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Dhelerumian economy, worth 688 trillion Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Tourism. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 149,691 Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 7.0 times as much as the poorest.

Oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds, immigrant herding has become a national pastime, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them, and the fattest folk in Dhelerum look to be the happiest ones. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dhelerum's national animal is the Horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Lady Luck.

Dhelerum is ranked 55,233rd in the world and 3rd in The Sands for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,485.47 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,447thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,053rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,199thMost Devout: 4,361stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,712thLowest Crime Rates: 9,516thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 11,442ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,731stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,741stMost Efficient Economies: 11,754thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,900thHealthiest Citizens: 12,707thHighest Average Incomes: 13,487thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,129thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,430thLargest Black Market: 14,833rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,991stHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,015thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,394thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,822ndLargest Governments: 20,160th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the region

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