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The Empire of Little Flowers

“Roses have thorns!”

Category: Capitalizt
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Instigator

Location: Eladen


Little Flowers

Population34.353 billion

Leadera half dozen Conglomerates

Animalhoney bee

The Empire of Little Flowers is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by a half dozen Conglomerates with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, barren, inhospitable landscape, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 34.353 billion Badasses enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Petalopia. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Badass economy, worth an astonishing 32,615 trillion petals a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 949,416 petals, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 7,972,717 per year while the poor average 21,518, a ratio of 370 to 1.

Citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns, drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars, politicians stage photo ops featuring barely functional fighter jets, and birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Little Flowers's national animal is the honey bee, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Moghdom.

Little Flowers is ranked 11th in the world and 1st in Eladen for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 208,484.93 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Armed: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stMost Avoided: 2ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 2ndFattest Citizens: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4thLargest Gambling Industry: 4thHighest Economic Output: 5thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8thRudest Citizens: 9thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10thHighest Average Incomes: 11thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13thMost Rebellious Youth: 16thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26thMost Scientifically Advanced: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 30thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 62ndLargest Mining Sector: 70thLargest Retail Industry: 71stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 72ndMost Corrupt Governments: 117thLargest Agricultural Sector: 138thLargest Populations: 145thLargest Information Technology Sector: 433rdMost Devout: 478thLargest Publishing Industry: 576thMost Efficient Economies: 636thSmartest Citizens: 825thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,039thMost Cultured: 1,287thMost Stationary: 1,464thLargest Governments: 1,490thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,988thMost Pro-Market: 2,111thLargest Black Market: 2,448thMost Influential: 6,910thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,834th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the region

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