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The Liberated Cartel of Psypheria

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

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

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Oubliette

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Psypheria

Population30.578 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 notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, enslaved workforce, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 30.578 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 19,022 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 Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 622,103 royals, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,305,387 per year while the poor average 31,638, a ratio of 136 to 1.

The 3rd Airborne Beekeepers are the most feared regiment in the Psypherian military, citizens with artificial limbs are forbidden to serve as beauty pageant judges, claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense, and half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'. 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 is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Psypheria is ranked 5,179th in the world and 3rd in Oubliette for Most Influential, scoring 8,982 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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1%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 19thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 25thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28thFattest Citizens: 34thMost Armed: 37thHighest Crime Rates: 45thRudest Citizens: 46thHighest Disposable Incomes: 49thLargest Gambling Industry: 51stHighest Economic Output: 68thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 69thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 72ndLargest Insurance Industry: 79thMost Avoided: 79thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 80thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 89thHighest Average Incomes: 100thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 113thLargest Retail Industry: 140thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 147thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 163rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 241stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 258thLargest Mining Sector: 277thMost Secular: 427thMost Rebellious Youth: 473rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 506thMost Stationary: 563rdLargest Publishing Industry: 724thMost Corrupt Governments: 960thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,335thTop
5%
Largest Populations: 1,521stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,652ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,801stSmartest Citizens: 2,184thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,842ndLargest Black Market: 3,816thMost Influential: 5,179thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,691stMost Pro-Market: 6,760thTop
10%
Highest Drug Use: 8,751stMost Cultured: 9,482nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, citizens with artificial limbs are forbidden to serve as beauty pageant judges.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, the 3rd Airborne Beekeepers are the most feared regiment in the Psypherian military.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, foreign governments are looking into weaponizing the infamous Psypherian bee.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, the government merely sends empty platitudes whenever natural disasters strike foreign nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, mouldy bread is served as an appetizer in many restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, most people learn to drive on crash courses.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, AIs are programmed to deliberately fail the Turing Test to make it easier for humans to turn them off.
  • : Following new legislation in Psypheria, murder is sanctioned if the legal paperwork is filled out correctly.

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