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The Rogue Nation of Sinkorswim

“Everyone is useful, if only as fertilizer”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Osiris

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Sinkorswim

Population34.564 billion

CapitalHard Knocks City
LeaderEvil Overlord

Currencydollar
Animalhyena

The Rogue Nation of Sinkorswim is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Evil Overlord with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, unlimited-speed roads, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 34.564 billion Sinkorswimians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hard Knocks City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Sinkorswimian economy, worth an astonishing 16,678 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is an amazing 482,552 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,948,657 per year while the poor average 79,758, a ratio of 24.4 to 1.

The government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hard Knocks City Times is sold out, and there's stiff competition in the medical marketplace. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sinkorswim's national animal is the hyena, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sinkorswim is ranked 43,045th in the world and 1,204th in Osiris for Most Extreme, scoring 25.59 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rdLargest Publishing Industry: 86thLargest Insurance Industry: 86thHighest Economic Output: 88thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 101stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 103rdRudest Citizens: 104thHighest Disposable Incomes: 109thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 112thFattest Citizens: 138thSmartest Citizens: 144thLargest Populations: 192ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 207thLargest Gambling Industry: 207thHighest Average Incomes: 245thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 251stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 269thMost Secular: 429thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 561stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 598thLargest Information Technology Sector: 603rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 874thMost Armed: 1,080thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,182ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,199thHighest Crime Rates: 1,237thMost Avoided: 1,559thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,891stLargest Retail Industry: 2,063rdLargest Black Market: 4,764thHighest Drug Use: 5,805thMost Stationary: 5,866thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,940thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,432ndMost Influential: 12,844thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,561stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,124thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,795thMost Efficient Economies: 14,957th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 41st in the regionMost Armed: 44th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 62nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 63rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 64th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 68th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 70th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 82nd in the regionMost Avoided: 83rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 117th in the regionMost Influential: 167th in the regionLargest Black Market: 262nd in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 365th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 448th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 463rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 487th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 507th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 574th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, there's stiff competition in the medical marketplace.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hard Knocks City Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, cheap and tasteless vegetables flood the markets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.

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