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The Oppressed Peoples of The Gilded Star


Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Thalassia


The Gilded Star

Population3.678 billion


The Oppressed Peoples of The Gilded Star is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, avant-garde cinema, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.678 billion citizens are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. The average income tax rate is 68.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving a citizen economy, worth 581 trillion citizens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 158,056 citizens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs, the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy, every worker receives exactly the same pay regardless of productivity, and wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Gilded Star's national animal is the citizen, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Gilded Star is ranked 431st in the world and 1st in Thalassia for Most Primitive, scoring 331.57 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Primitive: 431stMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,451stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,626thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,647thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,878thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,265thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,362ndMost Avoided: 2,415thLargest Mining Sector: 2,839thLargest Black Market: 3,368thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,394thMost Devout: 3,819thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,235thMost Influential: 4,609thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,411thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 11,052ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,564thMost Conservative: 11,661stHighest Average Incomes: 11,748thMost Authoritarian: 11,965thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,040th
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionMost Extreme: 20th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 24th in the region

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