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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,958thMost Influential: 3,944thMost Armed: 4,136th
The Benevolent Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Ave Imperator!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Margaux

Population622 million

CapitalTriablo

CurrencyMarguin
AnimalAll Weather Routers

The Benevolent Empire of Margaux is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 622 million Margauxians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Triablo. The average income tax rate is 66.1%.

The all-consuming Margauxian economy, worth 66.0 trillion Marguins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 106,145 Marguins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors, powerful x-ray machines used by the Customs Department can see into the homes of nearby residents, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, and the examiners who examine examiners are being examined by examiners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Margaux's national animal is the All Weather Routers, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Margaux is ranked 124,672nd in the world and 1,044th in 10000 Islands for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 688.34 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,958thTop
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Most Influential: 3,944thMost Armed: 4,136thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,029thMost Conservative: 7,182ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,733rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,076thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,579thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,451stMost Corrupt Governments: 20,258th
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Most Conservative: 44th in the regionMost Armed: 55th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 56th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 58th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 80th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 102nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 138th in the region

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