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The Thanatopsis of The Special Angel

“To Die, To Sleep”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

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The Special Angel

Population25.657 billion

CurrencyMark
AnimalDove

The Thanatopsis of The Special Angel is a gargantuan, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 25.657 billion Special Angels 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 tiny, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, with Defense and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.4%.

The frighteningly efficient the Special Angel economy, worth a remarkable 2,799 trillion Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 109,127 Marks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 580,106 per year while the poor average 10,831, a ratio of 53.6 to 1.

Citizens are regularly shot for parking on the double-yellow line, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, much of The Special Angel's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence, and the Dove is believed to be extinct. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. The Special Angel's national animal is the Dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Special Angel is ranked 202,352nd in the world and 57th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -17.32 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
1%
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,026thTop
5%
Largest Populations: 3,410thHighest Economic Output: 4,694thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,702ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,869thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,534thFattest Citizens: 5,809thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,953rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,187thMost Avoided: 6,954thMost Stationary: 7,601stTop
10%
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,489thMost Pro-Market: 12,255thMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,426thLargest Mining Sector: 14,225thMost Extreme: 15,264thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,041stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17,421stMost Conservative: 17,570thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,720thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,996thLargest Retail Industry: 18,800thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,493rd
Top
5%
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry and the Top 5% for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate and Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : The Special Angel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.

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