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The Grotesque Playground of Mackintosh

“Success is knowing who to blame for your failures.”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Wysteria

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Mackintosh

Population38.765 billion

CapitalCapital Wasteland
LeaderMagnificent Bastard
FaithRoman Catholic

Currencymanagerial prerogative
Animalworker

The Grotesque Playground of Mackintosh is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Magnificent Bastard with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, strictly enforced bedtime, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 38.765 billion Mackintoshians 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, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Wasteland. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Mackintoshian economy, worth an astonishing 29,830 trillion managerial prerogatives a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 769,530 managerial prerogatives, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,931,186 per year while the poor average 49,004, a ratio of 100 to 1.

Many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network, and politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Mackintosh's national animal is the worker, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholic.

Mackintosh is ranked 51st in the world and 10th in Wysteria for Highest Average Incomes, with 769,530.5 Standard Monetary Units.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 16thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 22ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 25thHighest Economic Output: 26thLargest Retail Industry: 32ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 35thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 38thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 45thLargest Mining Sector: 46thMost Avoided: 47thLargest Insurance Industry: 50thHighest Average Incomes: 51stMost Scientifically Advanced: 51stFattest Citizens: 57thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 58thMost Efficient Economies: 59thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 67thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 78thLargest Gambling Industry: 86thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 101stLargest Agricultural Sector: 108thMost Corrupt Governments: 121stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 122ndLargest Populations: 185thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 223rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 448thRudest Citizens: 661stSmartest Citizens: 673rdLargest Publishing Industry: 681stMost Stationary: 816thMost Devout: 1,490thLargest Governments: 2,176thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,244thTop
5%
Most Cultured: 2,406thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,506thLowest Crime Rates: 2,513thLargest Black Market: 2,725thMost Armed: 3,622ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,180thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,937thMost Influential: 6,260thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,698thTop
10%
Most Subsidized Industry: 16,269thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,344thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,187thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,050th
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Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, movie references are legally admissible in court.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, hit TV show 'The eXecution Factor' is a critical success.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, engine room hooch is the drink of choice among the nation's navy.
  • : Mackintosh lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Mackintosh, movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens.

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