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The Trade Congolomorate of Widgetalia

“Ingredere, et frui” Prime Minister Machiavelli

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population18.252 billion

CapitalWidgetalia City
LeaderPrime Minister Machiavelli
FaithHierarchigal Capitalisim

AnimalJungle Ferret

The Trade Congolomorate of Widgetalia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Machiavelli with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, museums and concert halls, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.252 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 juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Widgetalia City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Widgetalian economy, worth a remarkable 9,727 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 532,933 Sawbucks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,737,236 per year while the poor average 25,983, a ratio of 143 to 1.

Minor parties are virtually absent in Parliament, referenda are banned by law and the Parliament has absolute control of the legislative process, Widgetalia City is a police state during international summits, and access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Widgetalia's national animal is the Jungle Ferret, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Hierarchigal Capitalisim.

Widgetalia is ranked 1,004th in the world and 47th in Lazarus for Fattest Citizens, with 60.85 Obesity Rate.

Most Efficient Economies: 34thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 76thMost Devout: 87thHighest Disposable Incomes: 92ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 102ndMost Avoided: 149thMost Corrupt Governments: 160thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 175thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 224thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 227thHighest Average Incomes: 234thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 241stLargest Insurance Industry: 255thMost Subsidized Industry: 264thLargest Mining Sector: 305thLargest Retail Industry: 315thLargest Agricultural Sector: 415thMost Armed: 503rdMost Cultured: 527thHighest Economic Output: 528thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 539thLargest Gambling Industry: 558thMost Scientifically Advanced: 683rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 692ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 762ndRudest Citizens: 773rdLargest Governments: 950thFattest Citizens: 1,004thLowest Crime Rates: 1,128thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,298thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,332ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,444thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,608thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,170thTop
Largest Black Market: 3,615thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,331stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,480thMost Stationary: 4,539thLargest Populations: 9,992ndSmartest Citizens: 10,937thTop
Most Influential: 12,141stLargest Publishing Industry: 14,112thMost Developed: 18,717th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 23rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25th in the regionRudest Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Governments: 47th in the regionFattest Citizens: 47th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 50th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 63rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 64th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 65th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 67th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 83rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 83rd in the regionMost Stationary: 86th in the regionLargest Black Market: 157th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 242nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 267th in the regionMost Influential: 284th in the regionLargest Populations: 290th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 546th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 754th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, Widgetalia City is a police state during international summits.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, referenda are banned by law and the Parliament has absolute control of the legislative process.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, minor parties are virtually absent in Parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, children spend all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, baby dolls thrown in the trash are a leading cause of panic attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, faithful allies are always valued.
  • : Following new legislation in Widgetalia, there's a hole in the heart of every Widgetalian city.


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