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The Abyss of Grimsby town

“Hey, can someone get me out of this hole?” Grand Emperor and CEO Pong Lenis III

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific


Grimsby town

Population1.863 billion

LeaderGrand Emperor and CEO Pong Lenis III
FaithReady Steady Cook


The Abyss of Grimsby town is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Emperor and CEO Pong Lenis III with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, frequent executions, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.863 billion Grimsby townians 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 tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of England. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Grimsby townian economy, worth 409 trillion Bins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 220,057 Bins, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,034,322 per year while the poor average 27,856, a ratio of 37.1 to 1.

Travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Grimsby town flights to avoid the pay lavatories, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Grand Emperor and CEO Pong Lenis III, Grimsby townian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump, and art criticism in Grimsby town is scathingly destructive. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Grimsby town's national animal is the Superbug, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ready Steady Cook.

Grimsby town is ranked 69,998th in the world and 2,863rd in the South Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 1,860.47 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Armed: 600thFattest Citizens: 747thLargest Gambling Industry: 913thLargest Retail Industry: 929thHighest Crime Rates: 1,044thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,062ndMost Avoided: 1,098thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,205thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,303rdMost Secular: 1,325thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,499thRudest Citizens: 1,587thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,737thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,169thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,402ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,691stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,862ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,863rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,892ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,064thHighest Average Incomes: 4,138thLargest Mining Sector: 4,474thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,930thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,752ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,873rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,022ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,901stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,983rdTop
Most Influential: 8,592ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,976thMost Efficient Economies: 10,232ndMost Pro-Market: 10,792ndMost Subsidized Industry: 11,669thHighest Drug Use: 11,805thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,703rd
Most Armed: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionMost Avoided: 21st in the regionFattest Citizens: 23rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 24th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 28th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 35th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 40th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Secular: 46th in the regionRudest Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 50th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 51st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 56th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 79th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 90th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 108th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 111th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 135th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 156th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 232nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 234th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 242nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 257th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 257th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 307th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 345th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 411th in the regionLargest Black Market: 423rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 495th in the regionLargest Governments: 497th in the regionMost Influential: 532nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 555th in the region

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