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The Incorporated States of Favored

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Favored

Population3.054 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 complete lack of prisons, soft-spoken computers, and national health service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.054 billion Favoredians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tartarus. The average income tax rate is 48.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Favoredian economy, worth 387 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 126,827 stones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Many parents are becoming frustrated with their children's choices in spouses, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield, music teachers are commonly seen busking in order to fund their music programs, and veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain. 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 170,091st in the world and 7,810th in The East Pacific for Safest, scoring 30.38 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4,793rdNudest: 6,711thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,770thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,404thLargest Black Market: 7,973rdMost Influential: 8,498thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,723rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,952ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,141stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,825thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,286thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,812thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,696thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,747thMost Authoritarian: 19,517thHighest Disposable Incomes: 19,801stHighest Average Incomes: 19,878thMost Devout: 20,165th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 153rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 181st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 204th in the regionLargest Black Market: 224th in the regionNudest: 229th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 272nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 332nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 351st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 415th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 467th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 519th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 526th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 541st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 576th in the regionMost Stationary: 586th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 621st in the regionMost Developed: 702nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 714th in the regionMost Devout: 721st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 735th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 740th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 742nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 754th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 760th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 792nd in the regionLargest Governments: 870th in the regionLargest Populations: 888th in the region

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