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The Hangate of Townside

“Come along with me”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: The Western Isles



Population7.69 billion

CapitalMei'Rong Metropolis
LeaderZhao'He Hangma

CurrencyKilo Silver

The Hangate of Townside is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Zhao'He Hangma with an iron fist, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.69 billion Townsiders are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry, Education, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mei'Rong Metropolis. The average income tax rate is 52.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Townside economy, worth a remarkable 1,632 trillion Kilo Silvers a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 212,231 Kilo Silvers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

The nation has always been at war with Moltovea, the nation's soldiers sleep four to a bed in order to use space economically, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims, and plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Townside's national animal is the Enfield, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Buddhism.

Townside is ranked 138,269th in the world and 60th in The Western Isles for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.9 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Influential: 1,958thMost Armed: 2,137thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,327thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,450thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,500thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,771stLargest Black Market: 3,357thLargest Retail Industry: 3,782ndLargest Insurance Industry: 4,497thHighest Average Incomes: 5,656thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,015thFattest Citizens: 6,084thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,185thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,532ndRudest Citizens: 7,186thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,202ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,515thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,600thHighest Economic Output: 10,763rdTop
Largest Mining Sector: 13,421stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,148thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,340thMost Efficient Economies: 14,546thMost Stationary: 14,876thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,214thLargest Governments: 17,413thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,737thMost Secular: 18,761stMost Developed: 19,227thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,431st
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionRudest Citizens: 17th in the region

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