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The Realm of Serpens Land

“Quod cito fit, cito perit”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The Western Isles

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Serpens Land

Population566 million

CapitalFort Charlotte

CurrencySerpens Land Pound
AnimalSerpens Land Rattlesnake

The Realm of Serpens Land is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ubiquitous missile silos, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 566 million Serpens Landers are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort Charlotte. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 19.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Serpens Land economy, worth 63.5 trillion Serpens Land Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 112,141 Serpens Land Pounds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 432,824 per year while the poor average 19,961, a ratio of 21.7 to 1.

Society has literally been thrown to the wolves, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, devotion to God is only skin-deep, and anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Serpens Land's national animal is the Serpens Land Rattlesnake, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Serpens Land is ranked 132,239th in the world and 142nd in The Western Isles for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 19.85 Effective Tax Rate.

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5%
Most Armed: 4,697thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,113thLargest Retail Industry: 8,146thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,335thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,486thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,101stRudest Citizens: 9,902ndTop
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Most Avoided: 10,577thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,549thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,305thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,319thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,867thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,235thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,416thMost Efficient Economies: 20,509th
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Most Avoided: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 18th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20th in the region

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