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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

Population36.773 billion

Leadera half dozen Conglomerates

Animalhoney bee

The Empire of Little Flowers is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by a half dozen Conglomerates with an even hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, flagrant waste-dumping, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 36.773 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 35,348 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 2,029th in the world and 1st in Eladen for Most Pro-Market, scoring 97.44 on the Rand Index.

Most Armed: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 2ndMost Avoided: 3rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rdFattest Citizens: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4thHighest Economic Output: 6thLargest Gambling Industry: 6thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 14thMost Rebellious Youth: 17thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 26thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 29thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thRudest Citizens: 29thLargest Insurance Industry: 32ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 40thLargest Agricultural Sector: 46thLargest Mining Sector: 72ndLargest Populations: 132ndMost Corrupt Governments: 149thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 151stLargest Retail Industry: 164thMost Devout: 528thLargest Publishing Industry: 627thLargest Information Technology Sector: 672ndSmartest Citizens: 977thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,211thMost Cultured: 1,358thLargest Governments: 1,602ndTop
Most Pro-Market: 2,029thLargest Black Market: 3,767thMost Influential: 6,939thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,998thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,663rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,445th
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the region

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