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The Empire of Little Flowers

“Roses have thorns!”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Eladen


Little Flowers

Population45.773 billion

Leadera half dozen Conglomerates

Animalhoney bee

The Empire of Little Flowers is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by a half dozen Conglomerates with an even hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 45.773 billion Badasses are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. 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 44,000 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 961,275 petals, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 9,005,526 per year while the poor average 8,625, a ratio of 1,044 to 1.

A stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them, citizens finish cleaning up after the annual National Treasure Hunt just in time for the next one, and card collectors duel to the death. 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 7th in the world and 1st in Eladen for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 88,542.09 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Armed: 2ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 4thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Crime Rates: 5thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5thMost Avoided: 5thHighest Economic Output: 6thLargest Gambling Industry: 7thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10thMost Efficient Economies: 10thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12thFattest Citizens: 12thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17thMost Rebellious Youth: 17thHighest Average Incomes: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 25thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 29thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 31stHighest Drug Use: 47thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 56thLargest Agricultural Sector: 71stLargest Populations: 77thLargest Mining Sector: 80thRudest Citizens: 86thMost Scientifically Advanced: 112thMost Corrupt Governments: 249thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 344thLargest Retail Industry: 444thMost Devout: 708thLargest Publishing Industry: 876thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,095thSmartest Citizens: 1,509thMost Cultured: 1,892ndMost Pro-Market: 2,098thLargest Governments: 2,418thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 3,299thMost Influential: 8,782ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,230thLargest Black Market: 9,554thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,025thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,621stMost Stationary: 18,274thMost Valuable International Artwork: 24,835th
Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Little Flowers's influence in Eladen rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Little Flowers's influence in Eladen rose from "Instigator" to "Enforcer".
  • : Little Flowers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Little Flowers's influence in Eladen fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".
  • : Little Flowers was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Little Flowers was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Little Flowers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Little Flowers's influence in Eladen rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Little Flowers's influence in Eladen fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".
  • : Little Flowers's influence in Eladen rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".