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The Not So Holy Purple Land of Pythaga

“Housing All Who Pay”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Forest

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Pythaga

Population999 million

CapitalPythia
LeaderPythagoras

CurrencyPyth
AnimalCow

The Not So Holy Purple Land of Pythaga is a huge, safe nation, ruled by Pythagoras with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 999 million Pythagans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pythia. The average income tax rate is 14.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Pythagan economy, worth 138 trillion Pyths a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 138,630 Pyths, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, children dream of becoming physicians and physicists, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, and helicopter parenting is on the rise. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pythaga's national animal is the Cow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pythaga is ranked 10,395th in the world and 95th in Forest for Most Influential, scoring 4,587 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Secular: 4,208thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,458thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,369thRudest Citizens: 6,341stLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,633rdFattest Citizens: 8,526thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,214thLargest Retail Industry: 9,284thMost Avoided: 9,407thMost Efficient Economies: 10,045thMost Influential: 10,395thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 12,939thSmartest Citizens: 16,283rdHighest Average Incomes: 16,352ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,363rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,194thLargest Insurance Industry: 17,375thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,870thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,939thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,061stMost Developed: 18,961stLargest Publishing Industry: 20,257th
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5%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 27th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 31st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 36th in the regionRudest Citizens: 36th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 39th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 41st in the regionMost Secular: 42nd in the region

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