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The Republic of United Soviet States of Bacon

“We sell bacon and bacon accessories”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Lazarus

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United Soviet States of Bacon

Population7.802 billion

CapitalSoviet Bacon City
LeaderLord Hypnos

CurrencyBacon
AnimalBerkshire Pig

The Republic of United Soviet States of Bacon is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Lord Hypnos with an iron fist, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, free-roaming dinosaurs, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.802 billion Bacon Eaters 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Soviet Bacon City. The average income tax rate is 6.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient a Bacon Eater economy, worth a remarkable 1,242 trillion Bacons a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 159,314 Bacons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Powerful x-ray machines used by the Customs Department can see into the homes of nearby residents, the government denies that it has an agency overseeing plausible deniability of black-ops agencies, attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high, and the national security service are a bunch of crooks. Crime is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. United Soviet States of Bacon's national animal is the Berkshire Pig, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

United Soviet States of Bacon is ranked 3,060th in the world and 186th in Lazarus for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 11,971.16 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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1%
Most Armed: 1,088thFattest Citizens: 1,641stTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,737thMost Avoided: 1,860thHighest Crime Rates: 2,703rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,926thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,060thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,032ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,213thNudest: 4,413thLargest Black Market: 4,443rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,482ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,273rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,399thLargest Retail Industry: 5,528thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,562ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,768thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,771stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,948thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,930thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,314thTop
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Most Secular: 8,626thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,340thHighest Average Incomes: 10,695thHighest Economic Output: 11,325thLargest Mining Sector: 11,877thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,466thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,672ndRudest Citizens: 15,096thHighest Drug Use: 16,721st
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1%
Most Armed: 47th in the regionTop
5%
Fattest Citizens: 91st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 101st in the regionMost Avoided: 106th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 158th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 171st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 186th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 207th in the regionNudest: 222nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 225th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 247th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 256th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 257th in the regionLargest Black Market: 262nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 269th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 276th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 303rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 308th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 328th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 353rd in the regionTop
10%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 385th in the regionMost Secular: 464th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 567th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 568th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 592nd in the regionMost Influential: 594th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 610th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 646th in the regionRudest Citizens: 669th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 697th in the region

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