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The Golden Liberty Hounds of DiRito-Opolis

“Trade in gold, be free, and be economically aware.” The Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Ridgefield



Population5.226 billion

CapitalThe Gilded Free Megacity of Nicola
LeaderThe Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito
FaithGolden-Liberty DiRitoism

CurrencyGold-Backed DiRitonian Ridger
AnimalGolden DiRitonian Finch

The Golden Liberty Hounds of DiRito-Opolis is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Golden Liberator Nicholas DiRito with an even hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 5.226 billion DiRitonians 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 effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Gilded Free Megacity of Nicola. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient DiRitonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,177 trillion Gold-Backed DiRitonian Ridgers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 225,251 Gold-Backed DiRitonian Ridgers, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,273,462 per year while the poor average 19,549, a ratio of 65.1 to 1.

Conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities, a murderous reputation can revitalise a flagging celebrity career, and college-level writing classes are taught by undergraduate editors of the school newspaper. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. DiRito-Opolis's national animal is the Golden DiRitonian Finch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Golden-Liberty DiRitoism.

DiRito-Opolis is ranked 80,310th in the world and 41st in Ridgefield for Most Developed, scoring 52.45 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Gambling Industry: 381stLargest Retail Industry: 401stRudest Citizens: 411thHighest Crime Rates: 566thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 617thMost Avoided: 622ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 624thFattest Citizens: 630thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 651stMost Armed: 677thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 727thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,115thLargest Mining Sector: 1,180thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,244thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,276thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 1,557thMost Influential: 1,588thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,864thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,783rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,638thHighest Average Incomes: 3,998thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,411thMost Devout: 5,160thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,275thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,112thMost Efficient Economies: 7,450thTop
Most Pro-Market: 8,967thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,499thHighest Economic Output: 11,803rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,092ndMost Rebellious Youth: 13,117thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,029th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the region

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