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Highest Crime Rates: 597thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 945thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 955th
The Queendom of
Benevolent Dictatorship Temporary Liberal State of Emergency
Floating
Influence
Contender
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Castle in the Sky

Population15.929 billion

Capitalthe Throne Room
LeaderHer Majesty the Floating Queen
FaithCloud-Cuckooism

CurrencyCumulus
AnimalCirrus

The Queendom of Castle in the Sky is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Her Majesty the Floating Queen with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.929 billion Castle in the Skyians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Throne Room. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Castle in the Skyian economy, worth a remarkable 2,603 trillion Cumuluses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 163,434 Cumuluses, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 559,272 per year while the poor average 35,099, a ratio of 15.9 to 1.

Vitriolic divorce proceedings have become prime-time television, one-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses, cities are engulfed by smog, and major cities are suffering under water rationing. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Castle in the Sky's national animal is the Cirrus, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Cloud-Cuckooism.

Castle in the Sky is ranked 124,494th in the world and 7th in Peace for Rudest Citizens, with 46.31 Insults Per Minute.

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1%
Highest Crime Rates: 597thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 945thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 955thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,004thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,118thMost Armed: 1,216thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,375thMost Avoided: 1,495thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,516thFattest Citizens: 1,792ndTop
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,217thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,297thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,542ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,329thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,918thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,094thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,170thLargest Retail Industry: 5,224thHighest Economic Output: 5,328thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,069thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,554thNudest: 10,567thHighest Average Incomes: 10,857thTop
10%
Largest Mining Sector: 11,806thLargest Populations: 12,058thMost Cultured: 14,451stSmartest Citizens: 17,066thMost Pro-Market: 17,761stLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,479thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,752ndLargest Black Market: 21,155thMost Efficient Economies: 21,186th
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Castle in the Sky was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Castle in the Sky's influence in Peace rose from "Auxiliary" to "Contender".
  • : Castle in the Sky was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Castle in the Sky was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Castle in the Sky was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Castle in the Sky was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Castle in the Sky was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Castle in the Sky's influence in Peace rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Castle in the Sky's influence in Peace fell from "Auxiliary" to "Ambassador".
  • : Castle in the Sky's influence in Peace rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".

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