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The Bandit Kings of Pale Mountains of Klesh

“I Tread on You Before You Tread on Me”

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Eladen


Pale Mountains of Klesh

Population17.045 billion

AnimalHilly Goat

The Bandit Kings of Pale Mountains of Klesh is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its enslaved workforce, ban on automobiles, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 17.045 billion Bandits live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Bandit economy, worth a remarkable 5,648 trillion Corics 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 Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 331,408 Corics, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,090,982 per year while the poor average 3,148, a ratio of 981 to 1.

Vile black smog from coal power plants has enveloped several major urban centres, Bandit athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios, and electricity company executives pray nightly to Zeus and Thor. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Pale Mountains of Klesh's national animal is the Hilly Goat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pale Mountains of Klesh is ranked 1,598th in the world and 10th in Eladen for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 19,413.52 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Armed: 60thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 70thHighest Crime Rates: 76thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 122ndFattest Citizens: 203rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 212thMost Avoided: 215thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 215thLargest Gambling Industry: 307thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 312thHighest Disposable Incomes: 487thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 505thRudest Citizens: 713thMost Rebellious Youth: 794thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,106thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,140thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,154thHighest Economic Output: 1,360thHighest Average Incomes: 1,401stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,549thLargest Mining Sector: 1,598thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,788thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,854thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,446thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,527thMost Stationary: 3,098thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,136thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,393rdMost Cultured: 3,416thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,130thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,551stMost Efficient Economies: 5,468thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,977thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,375thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,371stSmartest Citizens: 8,442ndLargest Populations: 8,550thHighest Drug Use: 8,988thTop
Largest Black Market: 10,049thMost Pro-Market: 10,290thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,408thMost Devout: 11,044thMost Influential: 13,104thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,066th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the region

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