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The Liberated Cartel of Psypheria

“Anything goes ... usually for a good price”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Oubliette

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Psypheria

Population32.57 billion

CapitalPsypheria Mall
LeaderChief Executive Officer
FaithAtheism

Currencyroyal
Animalgolden eagle

The Liberated Cartel of Psypheria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chief Executive Officer with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 32.57 billion human resources are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Psypheria Mall. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Psypherian economy, worth an astonishing 20,869 trillion royals a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 640,770 royals, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,977,025 per year while the poor average 6,078, a ratio of 983 to 1.

New treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned, and the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb. 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. Psypheria's national animal is the golden eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Atheism.

Psypheria is ranked 12,848th in the world and 1st in Oubliette for Most Pro-Market, scoring 91.11 on the Rand Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 19thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 31stFattest Citizens: 32ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36thMost Armed: 40thLargest Gambling Industry: 43rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 46thHighest Crime Rates: 49thRudest Citizens: 51stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 59thHighest Economic Output: 62ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 72ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 72ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 72ndLargest Insurance Industry: 74thMost Avoided: 74thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 86thHighest Average Incomes: 105thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 108thLargest Retail Industry: 159thLargest Agricultural Sector: 173rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 175thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 198thLargest Mining Sector: 279thMost Efficient Economies: 308thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 347thMost Scientifically Advanced: 459thMost Rebellious Youth: 469thMost Stationary: 523rdMost Secular: 525thMost Corrupt Governments: 784thLargest Publishing Industry: 817thLargest Populations: 1,454thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,035thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,698thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,254thLargest Black Market: 5,888thMost Influential: 6,074thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 12,848thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,422ndMost Cultured: 16,638th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, new treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, fiscal policy hawks decry the sizable "panem et circenses" fund added to the public budget.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, metal detectors have been banned after a bottle cap caused a riot at the beach.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, billions of royals are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, the government is a law unto itself.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, bar brawls are an hourly occurrence.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.

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