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The Kingdom of Meat Sandwich

“We master all that lies before”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Meat Sandwich

Population18.609 billion

CapitalDoomstadt
LeaderDoom

CurrencyFranc
AnimalMoose

The Kingdom of Meat Sandwich is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Doom with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, sprawling nuclear power plants, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 18.609 billion Meat Sandwichians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Doomstadt. The average income tax rate is 82.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Meat Sandwichian economy, worth a remarkable 2,453 trillion Francs a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 131,860 Francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, religion is strictly forbidden within school grounds, and a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Meat Sandwich's national animal is the Moose, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Meat Sandwich is ranked 194,372nd in the world and 7,087th in Lazarus for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -10.91 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Stationary: 1,765thTop
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Most Influential: 2,837thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,102ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,590thLargest Black Market: 4,290thHighest Economic Output: 5,642ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,728thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,165thLargest Populations: 7,511thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,996thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,073rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,526thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,640thMost Developed: 8,933rdMost Cultured: 9,156thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,237thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,336thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,486thLowest Crime Rates: 9,523rdTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 10,708thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,498thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,904thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,147thLargest Governments: 12,395thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,609thSmartest Citizens: 13,234thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,337thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,930thMost Efficient Economies: 15,557thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,702ndBest Weather: 15,794thHighest Average Incomes: 18,247th
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Most Stationary: 40th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 64th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 80th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 177th in the regionLargest Populations: 232nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 246th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 268th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 348th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 384th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 438th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 452nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 465th in the regionMost Developed: 479th in the regionMost Cultured: 500th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 507th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 511th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 516th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 533rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 596th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 597th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 649th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 717th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 733rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 738th in the regionLargest Governments: 739th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 744th in the region

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