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The King of the Underworld of Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot

“Love conquers all.”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Iceberg Lounge

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Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot

Population9.935 billion

CapitalGotham
LeaderThe Penguin

CurrencyGold Umbrella
AnimalPenguin

The King of the Underworld of Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Penguin with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 9.935 billion Cobblepots are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education is also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gotham. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.2%.

The thriving a Cobblepot economy, worth 802 trillion Gold Umbrellas a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 80,771 Gold Umbrellas, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 452,817 per year while the poor average 7,143, a ratio of 63.4 to 1.

Belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace', government reports are now used to teach toddlers to read, psychological disorders are a taboo subject, and public loudspeakers constantly tell citizens they are "happy people". Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is ranked 133,591st in the world and 3rd in The Iceberg Lounge for Most Devout, with 8.05 Prayers Per Hour.

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5%
Highest Crime Rates: 2,947thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,032ndLargest Gambling Industry: 6,008thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,964thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,264thMost Avoided: 8,278thTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 8,823rdHighest Drug Use: 9,571stHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,915thLargest Retail Industry: 11,977thMost Armed: 12,451stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,341stMost Rebellious Youth: 14,568thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,400th

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