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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st Fattest Citizens: 2nd Most Armed: 3rd
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Population30.033 billion

LeaderHaruhi Suzumiya


The Infection of Edgemaster is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Haruhi Suzumiya with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 30.033 billion Burst Linkians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seireitei. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Burst Linkian economy, worth an astonishing 25,219 trillion Gils a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 839,732 Gils, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

End-of-year production reports state that the revolution is really going with a bang, citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts, classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children, and nude art is becoming wildly popular. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Edgemaster's national animal is the Hollow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Haruhiism.

Edgemaster is ranked 74,066th in the world and 59th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Income Equality, scoring 34.65 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1stFattest Citizens: 2ndMost Armed: 3rdLargest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Avoided: 6thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10thHighest Crime Rates: 10thHighest Average Incomes: 20thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22ndHighest Poor Incomes: 26thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 27thHighest Economic Output: 29thMost Rebellious Youth: 30thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34thLargest Retail Industry: 40thMost Corrupt Governments: 42ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 49thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51stMost Secular: 59thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 61stLargest Insurance Industry: 84thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 88thLargest Mining Sector: 91stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 103rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 112thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 192ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 229thRudest Citizens: 363rdLargest Black Market: 482ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 658thMost Influential: 699thMost Efficient Economies: 712thLargest Information Technology Sector: 971stLargest Populations: 1,449thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2,973rdLargest Governments: 3,046thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,469thNudest: 3,761stSmartest Citizens: 5,785thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,732ndTop
Most Cultured: 9,057thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,116th
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 24th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 28th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 29th in the region

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