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The Azure Blue Monarchy of Taungu

“Spreadin' Dis-caw-rse!” Emperor Shwenankyawshin

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Thaecia



Population10.799 billion

LeaderEmperor Shwenankyawshin
FaithTheravada Buddhism

CurrencyGold Tau

The Azure Blue Monarchy of Taungu is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Shwenankyawshin with a fair hand, and renowned for its digital currency, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 10.799 billion Taunguans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mandalay. The average income tax rate is 71.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Taunguan economy, worth a remarkable 1,483 trillion Gold Taus a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 137,416 Gold Taus, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority"), politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls, group hugs break out during floor votes, and the government is known to care more about its buildings than its people. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Taungu's national animal is the Crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Theravada Buddhism.

Taungu is ranked 63,917th in the world and 77th in Thaecia for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 2,958.99 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 603rdTop
Most Influential: 2,917thMost Cultured: 5,283rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,159thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,002ndRudest Citizens: 8,370thMost Developed: 8,461stSmartest Citizens: 9,293rdMost Efficient Economies: 10,084thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,230thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,749thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,279thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,783rdLargest Retail Industry: 11,905thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,942ndHighest Economic Output: 12,034thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,180thMost Inclusive: 12,297thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,058thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,192ndHealthiest Citizens: 14,043rdLongest Average Lifespans: 15,190thHighest Average Incomes: 17,395thLargest Governments: 17,645thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,834thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,365thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,877th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 20th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 26th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 27th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 4 » Cerdenia, Brototh, Rushenberg, and Of Altonianic Islands.

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