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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,348thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,815thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,704th
The Queen of Soul of
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Aretha Franklin

Population4.6 billion

CapitalDetroit
LeaderSoul Queen
FaithAgnostic Pantheism

CurrencyChain of Fools
AnimalThink

The Queen of Soul of Aretha Franklin is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Soul Queen with an even hand, and renowned for its fear of technology, daily referendums, and strictly enforced bedtime. The compassionate, hard-working population of 4.6 billion Aretha Franklinians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Detroit. The average income tax rate is 23.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Aretha Franklinian economy, worth 646 trillion Chains of Fools a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 140,647 Chains of Fools, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

Armed security details escort librarians to their homes, the entire entry for Aretha Franklin in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs, and the military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces". Crime is almost non-existent. Aretha Franklin's national animal is the Think, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Agnostic Pantheism.

Aretha Franklin is ranked 176,308th in the world and 371st in NationStates for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -5.48 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,348thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,815thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,704thNicest Citizens: 4,088thMost Inclusive: 4,332ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,765thRudest Citizens: 4,914thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,419thMost Secular: 5,689thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,177thLargest Retail Industry: 6,625thMost Cultured: 8,419thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,722ndMost Developed: 10,976thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,305thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 11,373rdLargest Black Market: 12,061stMost Armed: 12,250thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,923rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,205thHighest Average Incomes: 15,886thHealthiest Citizens: 16,178thBest Weather: 17,966thMost Efficient Economies: 18,253rdMost Pacifist: 20,308thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,916thMost Stationary: 22,163rdHighest Poor Incomes: 22,486thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,600th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 41st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 43rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aretha Franklin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, the military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces".
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs.
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, the entire entry for Aretha Franklin in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, armed security details escort librarians to their homes.
  • : Aretha Franklin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, students are known to arrive at school in their pyjamas.
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground.
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, museum employees look down on short people.
  • : Following new legislation in Aretha Franklin, religious citizens are closely monitored for signs of self-harm.

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