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The Supremacy of Paline

“Omnium Nostrum”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Paline

Population5.222 billion

CapitalSenata-Kolozan

CurrencyE
Animaljorji

The Supremacy of Paline is a colossal, cultured nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.222 billion Palinos are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Senata-Kolozan. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 23.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Palinean economy, worth 676 trillion ES a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 129,601 ES , but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 490,774 per year while the poor average 23,785, a ratio of 20.6 to 1.

Modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes, epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, and colonial subjects have Palinean culture shoved down their throats. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Paline's national animal is the jorji, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Paline is ranked 50,670th in the world and 991st in Lazarus for Most Stationary, with 193.88496619132 Days.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,810thRudest Citizens: 3,460thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,549thMost Influential: 4,126thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,645thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,194thLargest Retail Industry: 6,344thMost Efficient Economies: 7,414thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 8,016thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,549thLargest Black Market: 9,173rdMost Armed: 11,276thMost Secular: 12,375thMost Cultured: 12,727thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,461stMost Developed: 13,725thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,462ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,094thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,258thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,372ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,611th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 93rd in the regionMost Influential: 123rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 154th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 190th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 289th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 352nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 369th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 375th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 384th in the regionMost Armed: 422nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 441st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 465th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 467th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 507th in the regionLargest Black Market: 520th in the region

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