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The Fascist Parody of Marionetonia

“Humorous Showsum Allthemorum”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Marionetonia

Population29.957 billion

CapitalDallas
LeaderFuehrer

Currencystring
Animalpuppeteer

The Fascist Parody of Marionetonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Fuehrer with an iron fist, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, enslaved workforce, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 29.957 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 receive no funds. 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 8,720 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 291,110 strings, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,525,481 per year while the poor average 29,770, a ratio of 51.2 to 1.

Sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, most voters only see their chosen representative visit once every election cycle, deli patrons examine their roast beef for undetonated explosives, and pet rocks are sold by the pound. 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 3,037th in the world and 88th in Lazarus for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 45 Valid Endorsements.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 280thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 301stLargest Insurance Industry: 347thHighest Economic Output: 491stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 504thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 610thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 662ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 670thFattest Citizens: 828thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 969thLargest Mining Sector: 1,007thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,092ndMost Avoided: 1,119thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,285thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,538thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,586thTop
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Largest Populations: 1,723rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,779thHighest Average Incomes: 1,791stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,166thLargest Retail Industry: 2,351stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,586thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,037thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,260thMost Influential: 3,358thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,605thRudest Citizens: 5,430thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,400thTop
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Largest Black Market: 8,656thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,848thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,289thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,148thMost Pro-Market: 12,247thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,990thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,147th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 12th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 28th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34th in the regionFattest Citizens: 41st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 53rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 54th in the regionMost Avoided: 59th in the regionLargest Populations: 59th in the regionTop
5%
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 74th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 88th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 104th in the regionMost Influential: 109th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 112th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 119th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 121st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 191st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 219th in the regionRudest Citizens: 260th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 330th in the regionMost Stationary: 332nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 334th in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 515th in the regionLargest Black Market: 527th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 581st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 604th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 634th in the region

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