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The Final Battle of Grimsby town

“Time to get Super Serious. Don't fail me now, brain!” Grand Emperor and CEO Pong Lenis III

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Grimsby town

Population2.178 billion

CapitalEngland
LeaderGrand Emperor and CEO Pong Lenis III
FaithReady Steady Cook

CurrencyBin
AnimalSuperbug

The Final Battle of Grimsby town is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Emperor and CEO Pong Lenis III with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, digital currency, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.178 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, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of England. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Grimsby townian economy, worth 491 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 225,749 Bins, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,127,062 per year while the poor average 25,457, a ratio of 44.3 to 1.

Woodcutter axes are cited as the most common cause of death amongst Superbugs, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Grimsby townian language, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, and competing private ambulances racing to be the first to traffic accidents are a major cause of road accidents. 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 163,050th in the world and 7,436th in the South Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 2.26 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Armed: 552ndFattest Citizens: 663rdLargest Retail Industry: 739thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 921stHighest Crime Rates: 930thLargest Gambling Industry: 995thMost Avoided: 1,001stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,071stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,103rdMost Secular: 1,131stRudest Citizens: 1,233rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,368thTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,829thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,958thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,303rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,317thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,548thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,712thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,713thHighest Average Incomes: 3,880thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,930thLargest Mining Sector: 4,316thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,678thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,484thMost Influential: 5,486thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,839thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,915thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,537thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,360thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,570thMost Efficient Economies: 10,145thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,834thHighest Drug Use: 12,321stMost Pro-Market: 14,111thLargest Insurance Industry: 15,793rd
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Most Armed: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19th in the regionFattest Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Avoided: 22nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 22nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 24th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 28th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 36th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 41st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 43rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 43rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Secular: 47th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 48th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 51st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 94th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 100th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 105th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 138th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 152nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 233rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 249th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 254th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 263rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 296th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 316th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 434th in the regionLargest Black Market: 453rd in the regionMost Influential: 454th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 482nd in the regionLargest Governments: 506th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 517th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 636th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 671st in the region

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