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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 275thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 500thMost Valuable International Artwork: 660th
The Sopo Sloth Kingdom of
Capitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
Live for Profit, Die for Profit
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population26.8 billion

CapitalUnionville d'Ambrella
LeaderSopo Sopopopolis

AnimalAzure Flamingo

The Sopo Sloth Kingdom of Ambrella is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sopo Sopopopolis with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 26.8 billion Ambrellans enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Spirituality, although Education and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Unionville d'Ambrella. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ambrellan economy, worth a remarkable 6,452 trillion soprics a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 240,769 soprics, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,433,048 per year while the poor average 18,526, a ratio of 77.3 to 1.

A video of Sopo Sopopopolis wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news, a girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants, one of the most popular models in Ambrella has a scarred face and one working eye, and aeroplane cockpits no longer have altimeters or airspeed indicators. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ambrella's national animal is the Azure Flamingo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Allerb'ma.

Ambrella is ranked 127,827th in the world and 710th in Europeia for Most Extreme, scoring 14.99 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 275thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 500thMost Valuable International Artwork: 660thLargest Gambling Industry: 701stFattest Citizens: 756thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 796thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 862ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 895thHighest Economic Output: 1,100thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,133rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,164thHighest Crime Rates: 1,180thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,244thMost Influential: 1,444thMost Avoided: 1,625thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,965thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,545thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,669thLargest Populations: 2,980thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,109thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,275thHighest Average Incomes: 3,782ndLargest Retail Industry: 3,995thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,017thMost Devout: 4,419thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,612thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,959thRudest Citizens: 5,793rdMost Stationary: 6,213thMost Cultured: 6,824thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,201stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,219thLargest Black Market: 9,176thMost Armed: 10,017thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,508thMost Efficient Economies: 13,785thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,805thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,829thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,244thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,790thHighest Drug Use: 17,101stMost Corrupt Governments: 17,537thSmartest Citizens: 19,447thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,867th
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 18th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 30th in the regionMost Devout: 30th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 31st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Black Market: 38th in the regionRudest Citizens: 47th in the regionMost Armed: 48th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 53rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 59th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 62nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 63rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 70th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 90th in the regionMost Cultured: 96th in the regionMost Influential: 100th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 101st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 118th in the region

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