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The Incorporated States of Favored

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Favored

Population1.509 billion

CapitalTartarus
LeaderMason
FaithCatholicism

Currencystone
Animalcat

The Incorporated States of Favored is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Mason with an iron fist, and remarkable for its national health service, prohibition of alcohol, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.509 billion Favoredians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Administration, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tartarus. The average income tax rate is 37.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Favoredian economy, worth 185 trillion stones a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 123,161 stones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Civil servants are no longer allowed to cross their t's, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, nations that kill a Favoredian can expect a strongly worded letter, and a signed affidavit from a prominent anti-corruption advocate declares that he is in fact a crook after all. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Favored's national animal is the cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Favored is ranked 19,353rd in the world and 554th in The East Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 246.7 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,158thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,173rdNudest: 4,574thMost Influential: 4,604thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,774thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,565thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,684thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,967thLargest Black Market: 10,325thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,003rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,335thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,502ndMost Devout: 15,016thMost Authoritarian: 15,507th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 54th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 124th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 158th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 161st in the regionLargest Black Market: 162nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 201st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 213th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 264th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 325th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 340th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 379th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 414th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 525th in the regionMost Devout: 530th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 533rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 535th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 554th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 737th in the region

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