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The Ship's Cat of Salems Den

“I Know What You're Thinking, I Can Read your Mind”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Realm of the Whispering Winds

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Salems Den

Population27.218 billion

CurrencyClaw
AnimalBlack Panther

The Ship's Cat of Salems Den is a gargantuan, safe nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 27.218 billion Shadows are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.9%.

The frighteningly efficient a Shadow economy, worth a remarkable 2,730 trillion Claws a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 100,306 Claws, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 573,548 per year while the poor average 8,483, a ratio of 67.6 to 1.

Hundreds of thousands of convicts work as slaves in Salems Den's many privately-owned prisons, teenage fathers are forced to join the army, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, and the Black Panther is believed to be extinct. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force. Salems Den's national animal is the Black Panther, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Salems Den is ranked 7,113th in the world and 7th in Realm of the Whispering Winds for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 8,890.83 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,364thLargest Populations: 2,446thHighest Economic Output: 3,970thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,084thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,971stMost Avoided: 4,976thFattest Citizens: 5,654thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,870thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,946thMost Pro-Market: 6,477thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,902ndLargest Gambling Industry: 7,113thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,840thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,977thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 10,527thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,165thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,295thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,030thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,733rd
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Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the region

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