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The United States of Odus

“In God is Our Trust”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Thaecia

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Odus

Population2.407 billion

CapitalSunderwich
LeaderAdam West
Faiththe Cult of Godsinia

Currencydollar
Animalphoenix

The United States of Odus is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Adam West with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, rampant corporate plagiarism, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.407 billion Odusians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sunderwich. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.3%.

The strong Odusian economy, worth 169 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Pizza Delivery, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 70,244 dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 236,447 per year while the poor average 15,464, a ratio of 15.3 to 1.

Heart attacks are regarded as a coming of age ritual, a girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants, Sunderwich's flashy holiday light displays can be seen from space, and unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Sunderwich make great practice for foreign snipers. Crime is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Odus's national animal is the phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is the Cult of Godsinia.

Odus is ranked 28,691st in the world and 59th in Thaecia for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 4,831.88 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,266thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,345thFattest Citizens: 20,051st
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 19th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 27th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 28th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 29th in the regionMost Avoided: 32nd in the region

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