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The Half-Baked Abrogation of The Botched Pejazzle of the Studly Spud

“Never go into a strange oven without an exit strategy!” Studly Spud

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Spiritus

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The Botched Pejazzle of the Studly Spud

Population9.324 billion

CapitalSpudtopia
LeaderStudly Spud
FaithSpudlyism

CurrencyChip
AnimalSpudazzle

The Half-Baked Abrogation of The Botched Pejazzle of the Studly Spud is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Studly Spud with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.324 billion Monster Mash enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spudtopia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 54.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Mashed economy, worth a remarkable 3,939 trillion Chips a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 422,504 Chips, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,477,293 per year while the poor average 87,817, a ratio of 16.8 to 1.

The government is avowedly secular, 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners, Studly Spud's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide, and the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Botched Pejazzle of the Studly Spud's national animal is the Spudazzle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Spudlyism.

The Botched Pejazzle of the Studly Spud is ranked 740th in the world and 1st in Spiritus for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 17,250.23 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 150thRudest Citizens: 194thLargest Retail Industry: 281stFattest Citizens: 468thMost Efficient Economies: 493rdMost Subsidized Industry: 544thLargest Information Technology Sector: 545thMost Scientifically Advanced: 580thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 583rdHighest Average Incomes: 590thMost Rebellious Youth: 594thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 616thHighest Crime Rates: 640thLargest Publishing Industry: 688thMost Armed: 688thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 740thMost Secular: 763rdLargest Black Market: 790thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 881stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 922ndMost Avoided: 936thMost Cultured: 1,330thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,461stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,494thSmartest Citizens: 1,798thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,835thTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,521stHighest Economic Output: 2,759thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,019thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,223rdLargest Mining Sector: 3,862ndLargest Governments: 4,251stNudest: 4,537thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,068thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,243rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,108thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,403rdTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,427thMost Stationary: 13,854thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,471stMost Influential: 15,636thHighest Drug Use: 18,396thLargest Insurance Industry: 19,198th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 21st in the regionMost Stationary: 26th in the region

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