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The Infection of Edgemaster


Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
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Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Capitalist Paradise



Population30.791 billion

LeaderHaruhi Suzumiya


The Infection of Edgemaster is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Haruhi Suzumiya with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 30.791 billion Burst Linkians 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 minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seireitei. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Burst Linkian economy, worth an astonishing 25,078 trillion Gils a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 814,483 Gils, with the richest citizens earning 7.3 times as much as the poorest.

Burst Linkian husbands are dead good at fathering kids, trespassers entering Haruhi Suzumiya's office are immediately vaporized, Burst Linkian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact, and unemployed taxi drivers ironically use self-driving cabs to reach employment offices. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Edgemaster's national animal is the Hollow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Haruhiism.

Edgemaster is ranked 5,385th in the world and 26th in Capitalist Paradise for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 17 Valid Endorsements.

Fattest Citizens: 2ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2ndMost Armed: 4thLargest Gambling Industry: 5thMost Avoided: 6thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10thHighest Crime Rates: 11thHighest Disposable Incomes: 15thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22ndHighest Average Incomes: 27thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 27thHighest Economic Output: 29thMost Rebellious Youth: 30thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40thMost Corrupt Governments: 45thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 52ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 58thLargest Retail Industry: 68thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 70thMost Secular: 75thLargest Insurance Industry: 93rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 97thLargest Mining Sector: 98thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 134thMost Scientifically Advanced: 146thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 211thRudest Citizens: 212thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 234thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 247thLargest Agricultural Sector: 257thHighest Poor Incomes: 330thMost Influential: 708thMost Efficient Economies: 715thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,121stLargest Black Market: 1,317thLargest Populations: 1,414thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 3,001stLargest Governments: 3,049thNudest: 3,250thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,584thSmartest Citizens: 5,196thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,385thTop
Most Cultured: 8,845thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,710th
Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 26th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 29th in the region

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