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Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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The American Powerhouse

Population2.325 billion

CurrencyUSD
AnimalEagle

The Holy Empire of The American Powerhouse is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its triple-decker prams, flagrant waste-dumping, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.325 billion Americans 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13.0%.

The frighteningly efficient American Powerhousean economy, worth 334 trillion USDS a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 143,705 USDS, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 612,349 per year while the poor average 21,686, a ratio of 28.2 to 1.

Ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement, hordes of gardening enthusiasts are being banished from cities nationwide, and there's a big brother in every prison. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The American Powerhouse's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The American Powerhouse is ranked 18,971st in the world and 804th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,894.5 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,489thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,853rdMost Armed: 2,940thLargest Retail Industry: 3,181stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,492ndMost Conservative: 3,734thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,993rdFattest Citizens: 4,004thMost Influential: 4,471stMost Avoided: 5,577thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,200thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,341stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,891stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,320thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 7,955thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,573rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,606thMost Extreme: 10,790thLargest Black Market: 12,568thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,315thMost Efficient Economies: 13,482ndHighest Average Incomes: 13,798th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 99th in the regionMost Conservative: 99th in the regionMost Influential: 134th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 155th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 157th in the regionMost Armed: 161st in the regionMost Extreme: 184th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 197th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 230th in the regionFattest Citizens: 235th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 266th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 307th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 324th in the regionMost Avoided: 324th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 398th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 435th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 487th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, there's a big brother in every prison.
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, hordes of gardening enthusiasts are being banished from cities nationwide.
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement.
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools.
  • : The American Powerhouse was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, city budgets are spent entirely on supporting the town royalty.
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, one of the nation's leading exports is empty platitudes.
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, neighbouring countries pay to situate their nuclear power plants in The American Powerhouse.
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?".
  • : Following new legislation in The American Powerhouse, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the American Powerhousean Space Agency.

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