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The Peoples Tyranny of Middlemidden

“For the greater good”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: New United Kingdom



Population3.48 billion


Currencyperfectly balanced golden frog
Animalvacillating varmint

The Peoples Tyranny of Middlemidden is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Malcolm with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, enslaved workforce, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.48 billion Middlemid Guardians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Perineum. The average income tax rate is 44.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Middenish economy, worth 344 trillion perfectly balanced golden frogs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 99,040 perfectly balanced golden frogs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

One-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses, small shoes often wash up on the beach, people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled, and inheritance tax has recently been abolished. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Middlemidden's national animal is the vacillating varmint, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Middlemidden is ranked 127,986th in the world and 33rd in New United Kingdom for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -3.07 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,347thLargest Retail Industry: 2,551stFattest Citizens: 3,760thNudest: 4,185thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,079thMost Avoided: 5,310thLargest Mining Sector: 6,301stTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,380thSafest: 11,252ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,198thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,413thLargest Black Market: 16,682nd
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the region

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