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The Sovereign Group of Companies of Glanst

“Το δίκαιον ουκ άλλο τι ή του κρείττονος ξυμφέρον.”

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific



Population688 million

CapitalThe Shareholders' City

Animalcorporate shark

The Sovereign Group of Companies of Glanst is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, digital currency, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 688 million Glanstonians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Shareholders' City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Glanstian economy, worth 118 trillion Atoms a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 171,977 Atoms, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 490,281 per year while the poor average 48,104, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

Pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects, the flight attendant who draws the short straw is on "cockpit bucket duty", Leader has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves, and the inside lane of every highway is for parked vehicles only. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Glanst's national animal is the corporate shark, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Glanst is ranked 196,458th in the world and 8,794th in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 39.73 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 215thRudest Citizens: 1,625thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,120thMost Armed: 2,195thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,141stFattest Citizens: 3,268thMost Avoided: 3,487thLargest Retail Industry: 3,789thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,232ndMost Influential: 6,434thMost Efficient Economies: 6,448thHighest Crime Rates: 6,718thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,783rdLargest Gambling Industry: 6,785thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,744thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,968thLargest Mining Sector: 9,143rdHighest Average Incomes: 9,427thMost Secular: 9,913thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,008thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 10,363rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,113thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,487thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,661stMost Corrupt Governments: 13,593rdLargest Publishing Industry: 13,845thSmartest Citizens: 13,915thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,867thLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,251stMost Inclusive: 19,939th
Most Armed: 69th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 84th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 100th in the regionFattest Citizens: 108th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 110th in the regionMost Avoided: 115th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 165th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 192nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 211th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 218th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 246th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 260th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 328th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 333rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 356th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 403rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 437th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 458th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 493rd in the regionMost Secular: 536th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 552nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 570th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 570th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 594th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 643rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 687th in the regionLargest Black Market: 689th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 732nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 749th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 762nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 769th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 770th in the region

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