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The Shipwreck of USS Monitor

“Freedom Forever”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: North Carolina

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USS Monitor

Population10.069 billion

LeaderLt John L Worden

Currencydollar
Animalpowder monkey

The Shipwreck of USS Monitor is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Lt John L Worden with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, ban on automobiles, and complete lack of public education. The compassionate, devout population of 10.069 billion crewmen have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. The average income tax rate is 6.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Monitorian economy, worth 461 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Trout Farming. Average income is 45,873 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, the government prefers to kill off its enemies by peaceful means, heavily subsidised Monitorian baskets litter the streets of North Carolina, and anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. USS Monitor's national animal is the powder monkey.

USS Monitor is ranked 155,335th in the world and 22nd in North Carolina for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -4.47 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 884thTop
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Most Average: 12,341stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,125thMost Influential: 14,185th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Average: 2nd in the region

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