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The Friendly Ghost of Thomas Insaniac

“In Utter Frankness, I Must Truly State”

Category: Capitalizt
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Thomas Insaniac

Population9.662 billion

CapitalSalvaria Prime
LeaderThomas Insaniac
FaithBritish Electro Funk

CurrencyEmpty Promises
AnimalMutual Funds

The Friendly Ghost of Thomas Insaniac is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Thomas Insaniac with an even hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 9.662 billion Salvarians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The relatively small, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Salvaria Prime. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 20.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Thomas Insaniacian economy, worth 995 trillion Empty Promiseses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 102,994 Empty Promiseses, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 296,996 per year while the poor average 28,353, a ratio of 10.5 to 1.

Protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father, and married couples must call each other "darling" or risk a fine. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Thomas Insaniac's national animal is the Mutual Funds, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is British Electro Funk.

Thomas Insaniac is ranked 27,412th in the world and 810th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 68.69 on the Human Development Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,666thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,344thFattest Citizens: 4,355thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,962ndMost Armed: 5,528thHighest Drug Use: 5,534thMost Avoided: 6,349thRudest Citizens: 6,587thLargest Retail Industry: 6,630thLargest Black Market: 7,207thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,916thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,459thMost Secular: 11,587thHighest Economic Output: 14,277thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,468thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,880th
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Highest Crime Rates: 62nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 93rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 100th in the regionFattest Citizens: 103rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 106th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 129th in the regionMost Armed: 131st in the regionMost Avoided: 144th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 180th in the regionRudest Citizens: 191st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 192nd in the regionLargest Populations: 234th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 243rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 246th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 402nd in the regionNudest: 440th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 449th in the regionMost Cultured: 451st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 464th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 478th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 550th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 573rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 574th in the region

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