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Most Corrupt Governments: 526thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 632ndLargest Insurance Industry: 635th
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Population14.504 billion

CapitalNew Crisp

CurrencyBacon Buck
AnimalWell-Crisped Strip

The Classification of Baconbacon123 is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Bacon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, aversion to nipples, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.504 billion Bacon are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Crisp. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Bacon economy, worth a remarkable 4,557 trillion Bacon Bucks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an amazing 314,250 Bacon Bucks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,961,135 per year while the poor average 21,471, a ratio of 91.3 to 1.

Cholera is seen as the holiest of diseases, machine gun nests are the latest must-have gardening trend, the government's fruit business reeks of rotting produce and corruption, and Bacon TV is considered cruel and unusual punishment in other countries. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Baconbacon123's national animal is the Well-Crisped Strip, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Bacon.

Baconbacon123 is ranked 202,833rd in the world and 273rd in New Western Empire for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -11.03 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Corrupt Governments: 526thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 632ndLargest Insurance Industry: 635thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 679thHighest Disposable Incomes: 723rdMost Avoided: 961stMost Devout: 1,117thLargest Retail Industry: 1,167thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,254thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,290thLargest Mining Sector: 1,629thHighest Average Incomes: 1,700thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,755thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,759thMost Influential: 1,908thMost Efficient Economies: 1,927thRudest Citizens: 1,972ndTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,085thLargest Black Market: 3,020thFattest Citizens: 3,322ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,408thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,601stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,748thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,752ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,882ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,958thLargest Governments: 5,479thNudest: 7,039thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,544thLowest Crime Rates: 9,930thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,242ndTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,982ndMost Armed: 13,038thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14,082ndLargest Populations: 14,301stSmartest Citizens: 14,524thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,570th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 20th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 26th in the region

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