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The Free Land of Hookers and Blackjack

“no rules, only blood now”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Hookers and Blackjack

Population265 million

Currencygold crown
Animalcow

The Free Land of Hookers and Blackjack is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 265 million Hookers and Blackjackians 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, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.0%.

The very strong Hookers and Blackjackian economy, worth 20.3 trillion gold crowns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 76,474 gold crowns, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 563,764 per year while the poor average 3,138, a ratio of 179 to 1.

Jennifer Government is banned, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, pregnant hitchhikers with signs requesting rides to "competent care" are a common sight on Hookers and Blackjackian roads, and 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists. Crime is a problem. Hookers and Blackjack's national animal is the cow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Hookers and Blackjack is ranked 58,694th in the world and 2,062nd in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 89.16 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,725thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,275thFattest Citizens: 4,633rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,227thMost Pro-Market: 6,998thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,458thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,590thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,350thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,242ndLargest Retail Industry: 10,578thHighest Drug Use: 12,286thMost Devout: 12,439thMost Armed: 12,621stMost Influential: 12,630thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 13,321stHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,677thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,860thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,068th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 81st in the regionFattest Citizens: 96th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 152nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 169th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 199th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 215th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 246th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 253rd in the regionMost Armed: 266th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 280th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 334th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 363rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 363rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 368th in the regionMost Devout: 405th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 519th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 554th in the regionMost Avoided: 594th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 615th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 621st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 631st in the region

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