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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
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Wysteria

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The Centauri

Population34.515 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities

Currencyducket
AnimalNarn

The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its avant-garde cinema, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 34.515 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 31,428 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 910,587 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,675,617 per year while the poor average 62,417, a ratio of 90.9 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 10th in the world and 2nd in Wysteria for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 212,090.17 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thMost Armed: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thMost Avoided: 11thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12thLargest Gambling Industry: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thFattest Citizens: 22ndHighest Crime Rates: 24thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 31stMost Scientifically Advanced: 35thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 55thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 56thLargest Mining Sector: 61stMost Cultured: 62ndRudest Citizens: 75thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 87thLargest Populations: 101stSmartest Citizens: 128thLargest Agricultural Sector: 145thLargest Publishing Industry: 167thLargest Retail Industry: 170thMost Devout: 190thMost Rebellious Youth: 314thLargest Information Technology Sector: 420thMost Corrupt Governments: 429thMost Efficient Economies: 1,154thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,509thLargest Governments: 3,311thMost Influential: 5,503rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,519thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,566thMost Pro-Market: 7,813thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,196thHighest Drug Use: 10,461stNudest: 14,363rd
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the region

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