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The Fascist Parody of Marionetonia

“Humorous Showsum Allthemorum”

Category: Corporate Police State
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population31.543 billion



The Fascist Parody of Marionetonia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Fuehrer with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, anti-smoking policies, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 31.543 billion Marionetonians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dallas. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Marionetonian economy, worth a remarkable 9,254 trillion strings a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 293,392 strings, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,097,005 per year while the poor average 13,428, a ratio of 156 to 1.

9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer, gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones, politicians tack on a service charge for assisting with casework, and it's been a banner year for local vexillology. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Marionetonia's national animal is the puppeteer, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Marionetonia is ranked 1,118th in the world and 63rd in Lazarus for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 22,984.01 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 303rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 317thLargest Insurance Industry: 354thHighest Economic Output: 503rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 536thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 670thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 678thHighest Disposable Incomes: 694thFattest Citizens: 889thLargest Mining Sector: 1,118thMost Avoided: 1,223rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,282ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,384thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,488thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,498thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,661stLargest Populations: 1,674thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,699thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,911thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,093rdLargest Gambling Industry: 2,177thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,278thLargest Retail Industry: 2,741stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,236thMost Influential: 3,459thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,580thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,214thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,960thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,276thRudest Citizens: 5,968thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 10,913thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,136thLargest Black Market: 11,137thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,975thMost Efficient Economies: 18,125thMost Stationary: 18,131st
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 16th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 37th in the regionFattest Citizens: 44th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Populations: 56th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 63rd in the regionMost Avoided: 68th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 71st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 72nd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 79th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 84th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 86th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 93rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 103rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 115th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 121st in the regionMost Influential: 127th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 130th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 136th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 167th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 211th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 229th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 245th in the regionRudest Citizens: 277th in the regionMost Stationary: 279th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 599th in the regionLargest Black Market: 605th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 638th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 763rd in the region

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