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The Free Land of Isle of Pigs

“Greed is Good”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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Isle of Pigs

Population651 million

CapitalGlutton's Harbour

CurrencyDollar
AnimalPig

The Free Land of Isle of Pigs is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, triple-decker prams, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 651 million Capitalist Pigs 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 minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Glutton's Harbour. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Gluttonous economy, worth 99.0 trillion Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 152,010 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,255,493 per year while the poor average 3,781, a ratio of 332 to 1.

Otherwise healthy people are being sent to internment camps because they have VODAIS, labour strikes are routinely squashed by police, the space program has been reduced to Leader's nephew playing with a cardboard space shuttle, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Isle of Pigs's national animal is the Pig, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Isle of Pigs is ranked 142,841st in the world and 311th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 53.35 on the Human Development Index.

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1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 898thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,246thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,307thHighest Crime Rates: 1,307thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,600thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,782ndFattest Citizens: 1,953rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,997thMost Avoided: 2,074thTop
5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,471stMost Armed: 2,594thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,609thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,949thLargest Mining Sector: 3,783rdRudest Citizens: 4,626thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,206thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,741stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,317thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,482ndMost Corrupt Governments: 11,580thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 13,223rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,288thHighest Average Incomes: 13,698thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,036thMost Efficient Economies: 17,292ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,129thHighest Drug Use: 20,517thMost Pro-Market: 21,023rdLargest Insurance Industry: 23,710th
Top
1%
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionTop
5%
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionTop
10%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 46th in the regionLargest Black Market: 49th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Isle of Pigs was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, the space program has been reduced to Leader's nephew playing with a cardboard space shuttle.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, labour strikes are routinely squashed by police.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, otherwise healthy people are being sent to internment camps because they have VODAIS.
  • : Isle of Pigs was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, the government has the power to seize property at will.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, the Glutton's Harbour XV Regiment (aka "The Goat Starers") have yet to win a battle.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, nuclear submarines have been deployed to protect the nation's banana supply.
  • : Following new legislation in Isle of Pigs, the judicial branch is strongly influenced by major corporations.

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