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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

Population28.831 billion

CurrencyClaw
AnimalBlack Panther

The Ship's Cat of Salems Den is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 28.831 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 5.6%.

The frighteningly efficient a Shadow economy, worth a remarkable 2,928 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 101,580 Claws, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 557,939 per year while the poor average 9,399, a ratio of 59.4 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 11,692nd in the world and 3rd in Realm of the Whispering Winds for Most Pro-Market, scoring 95 on the Rand Index.

Top
5%
Largest Populations: 2,364thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,560thHighest Economic Output: 4,298thMost Avoided: 5,723rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,831stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,838thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,891stFattest Citizens: 6,241stHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,115thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,905thTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 10,569thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,926thMost Pro-Market: 11,692ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,528thLargest Mining Sector: 13,614thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,756thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,091stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,409thLargest Insurance Industry: 15,998thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19,893rd
Top
1%
Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pro-Market and Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Salems Den was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.

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