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The Void of Dustwind

“You live, you suffer, you die” Dusty Dustican

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: 10000 Islands



Population25.297 billion

CapitalPalace of Dust
LeaderDusty Dustican

Currencygold dust

The Void of Dustwind is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Dusty Dustican with an iron fist, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, flagrant waste-dumping, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 25.297 billion Dustwindians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palace of Dust. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Dustwindian economy, worth an astonishing 10,678 trillion gold dusts a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 422,118 gold dusts, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,430,270 per year while the poor average 35,141, a ratio of 69.2 to 1.

Diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat", cities are engulfed by smog, the nation's entire cultural heritage is being auctioned off to the rich, and Dustwind has become a gigantic dustbowl filled with tourists and mean desperados. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Dustwind's national animal is the scorpion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Sufferology.

Dustwind is ranked 19,001st in the world and 281st in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 8,077.02 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Influential: 2ndFattest Citizens: 168thHighest Disposable Incomes: 225thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 248thMost Corrupt Governments: 256thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 301stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 322ndLargest Retail Industry: 351stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 355thLargest Insurance Industry: 372ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 374thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 451stMost Avoided: 467thLargest Gambling Industry: 483rdMost Armed: 538thHighest Economic Output: 552ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 668thMost Devout: 688thHighest Average Incomes: 779thMost Valuable International Artwork: 800thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 813thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 826thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 978thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,036thMost Efficient Economies: 1,072ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,080thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,188thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,218thRudest Citizens: 1,704thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,851stMost Patriotic: 2,082ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,753rdTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,355thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,047thLargest Governments: 5,234thLargest Populations: 5,321stLargest Black Market: 5,984thMost Stationary: 11,672ndMost Subsidized Industry: 11,681stTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14,398thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,401stLargest Publishing Industry: 19,001stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,441st
Most Influential: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 24th in the regionMost Patriotic: 24th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 32nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 44th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 47th in the regionLargest Black Market: 49th in the regionLargest Populations: 50th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 89th in the regionMost Stationary: 98th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 112th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 128th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 139th in the region

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