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The Scarlet Symphony of Singu1arity

“Kill the mutant, burn the heretic, purge the unclean.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population12.495 billion

CapitalSingu1arity City

CurrencyReally Round Pebble
Animalflying hippo

The Scarlet Symphony of Singu1arity is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, complete lack of prisons, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.495 billion Singu1arityians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education, Law & Order, and Defense are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Singu1arity City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Singu1arityian economy, worth a remarkable 4,541 trillion Really Round Pebbles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 363,490 Really Round Pebbles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,268,739 per year while the poor average 75,752, a ratio of 16.7 to 1.

The standard government reply to any query is "there is no spoon", the end of communism came with retail rather than revolution, customs officials often double as wedding officiants, and the government tells its citizens to 'forgive and forget'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Singu1arity's national animal is the flying hippo, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Singu1arity is ranked 300th in the world and 21st in the Rejected Realms for Most Avoided, scoring 2,357.73 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Largest Retail Industry: 113thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 182ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 200thMost Efficient Economies: 261stMost Avoided: 300thHighest Disposable Incomes: 329thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 464thMost Secular: 474thRudest Citizens: 497thMost Scientifically Advanced: 521stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 585thMost Corrupt Governments: 585thLargest Mining Sector: 731stMost Subsidized Industry: 929thHighest Average Incomes: 958thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,124thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,235thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,516thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,603rdTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,779thHighest Economic Output: 1,945thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,980thSmartest Citizens: 2,160thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,297thMost Developed: 2,710thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,554thFattest Citizens: 4,308thLargest Governments: 4,385thLargest Black Market: 4,507thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,506thMost Influential: 5,987thLowest Crime Rates: 8,181stTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,693rdLongest Average Lifespans: 15,690thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,952ndLargest Populations: 17,465th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 19th in the regionRudest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Avoided: 21st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 23rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 28th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 29th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 38th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 45th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 47th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 48th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 50th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 54th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 59th in the regionMost Developed: 64th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 71st in the regionMost Influential: 100th in the regionLargest Governments: 108th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 110th in the regionLargest Black Market: 124th in the regionFattest Citizens: 135th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 188th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 296th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 361st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 370th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 371st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 383rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 466th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 501st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Singu1arity was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and the Top 5% for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, the government tells its citizens to 'forgive and forget'.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, customs officials often double as wedding officiants.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, the end of communism came with retail rather than revolution.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, the standard government reply to any query is "there is no spoon".
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, more money is spent on policing the welfare system for abuse than on the welfare system itself.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects.
  • : Singu1arity was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and the Top 10% for Largest Publishing Industry.


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