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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri

“What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Babylon 5

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The Centauri

Population38.441 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 38.441 billion Centauris are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Centaurian economy, worth an astonishing 35,453 trillion duckets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 922,292 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,639,914 per year while the poor average 8,281, a ratio of 1,043 to 1.

Citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and Centaurian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities.

The Centauri is ranked 202,780th in the world and 7th in Babylon 5 for Highest Poor Incomes, with 8,281.26 Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thHighest Economic Output: 9thMost Armed: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18thLargest Gambling Industry: 18thHighest Average Incomes: 18thMost Avoided: 18thMost Efficient Economies: 19thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thHighest Crime Rates: 33rdFattest Citizens: 33rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 52ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 53rdLargest Mining Sector: 62ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 62ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 66thLargest Populations: 90thMost Cultured: 106thRudest Citizens: 164thLargest Publishing Industry: 186thSmartest Citizens: 212thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 226thMost Devout: 239thMost Rebellious Youth: 325thLargest Retail Industry: 355thMost Corrupt Governments: 600thLargest Information Technology Sector: 718thTop
Largest Governments: 3,659thLargest Black Market: 4,752ndMost Subsidized Industry: 7,682ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,492ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,932ndTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 15,131stMost Pro-Market: 17,521stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,743rdHighest Drug Use: 21,261st
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the region

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