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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st Fattest Citizens: 2nd Most Armed: 3rd
The Infection of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
Civil Rights
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Population29.696 billion

LeaderHaruhi Suzumiya


The Infection of Edgemaster is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Haruhi Suzumiya with an iron fist, and remarkable for its flagrant waste-dumping, sprawling nuclear power plants, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 29.696 billion Burst Linkians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, 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 are ignored. 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 23,835 trillion Gils a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 802,642 Gils, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,141,141 per year while the poor average 84,745, a ratio of 48.9 to 1.

Etiquette guides advise visitors to 'grovel gracefully', everyone apparently sends Haruhi Suzumiya hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child, foreign governments are looking into weaponizing the infamous Burst Linkian bee, and royal princesses are recognizable by their plastic tiaras. 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 161,572nd in the world and 282nd in Capitalist Paradise for Nicest Citizens, with 0.03 Average Smiles Per Day.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1stFattest Citizens: 2ndMost Armed: 3rdLargest Gambling Industry: 5thMost Avoided: 6thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10thHighest Crime Rates: 10thHighest Disposable Incomes: 14thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22ndHighest Average Incomes: 26thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 29thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29thHighest Economic Output: 30thMost Rebellious Youth: 30thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40thMost Corrupt Governments: 41stLargest Retail Industry: 45thMost Secular: 54thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 57thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 65thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 76thLargest Insurance Industry: 95thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 100thLargest Mining Sector: 107thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 120thMost Scientifically Advanced: 131stRudest Citizens: 173rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 205thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 235thLargest Agricultural Sector: 237thMost Influential: 680thMost Efficient Economies: 725thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,094thLargest Populations: 1,450thTop
Largest Black Market: 3,008thLargest Governments: 3,009thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,354thNudest: 3,530thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,768thSmartest Citizens: 5,762ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,663rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,741stTop
Most Cultured: 9,862ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,005thMost Pro-Market: 13,391stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,996th
Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 16th in the region

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