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The Trade Congolomorate of Widgetalia

“Ingredere, et frui” Prime Minister Machiavelli

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Widgetalia

Population16.608 billion

CapitalWidgetalia City
LeaderPrime Minister Machiavelli
FaithHierarchigal Capitalisim

CurrencySawbuck
AnimalJungle Ferret

The Trade Congolomorate of Widgetalia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Prime Minister Machiavelli with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, avowedly heterosexual populace, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.608 billion Widgetalians 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 tiny, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Industry, although Defense and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Widgetalia City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Widgetalian economy, worth a remarkable 8,723 trillion Sawbucks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is a breathtaking 525,283 Sawbucks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,546,485 per year while the poor average 62,720, a ratio of 40.6 to 1.

Hundreds of teenagers die every year at the Widgetalian Hungry Games, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, and politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Widgetalia's national animal is the Jungle Ferret, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Hierarchigal Capitalisim.

Widgetalia is ranked 205,163rd in the world and 7,686th in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -37.95 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Efficient Economies: 32ndMost Devout: 81stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 87thHighest Disposable Incomes: 93rdMost Corrupt Governments: 143rdMost Avoided: 147thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 197thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 213thMost Subsidized Industry: 224thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 230thHighest Average Incomes: 237thLargest Retail Industry: 250thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 250thLargest Insurance Industry: 261stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 270thLargest Mining Sector: 309thLargest Agricultural Sector: 389thMost Armed: 445thLargest Gambling Industry: 458thMost Cultured: 539thHighest Economic Output: 585thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 585thMost Scientifically Advanced: 682ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 688thFattest Citizens: 897thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 919thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 975thLargest Governments: 1,017thLowest Crime Rates: 1,323rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,342ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,403rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,031stTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,066thLargest Black Market: 2,888thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,452ndMost Stationary: 4,742ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,973rdLargest Populations: 10,239thTop
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Most Influential: 11,843rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,242ndSmartest Citizens: 12,492ndLargest Publishing Industry: 15,148thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,397th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionFattest Citizens: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 45th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 49th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 51st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 57th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 70th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 76th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 76th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Stationary: 87th in the regionLargest Black Market: 162nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 279th in the regionMost Influential: 295th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 308th in the regionLargest Populations: 317th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 482nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 485th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 671st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 769th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, hundreds of teenagers die every year at the Widgetalian Hungry Games.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, the "daily grind" consists of levelling up in tedious video games.
  • : Widgetalia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Widgetalia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Widgetalia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil.

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