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Most Influential: 456thLargest Black Market: 4,105thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,349th
The Network Corporation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
A Solid Deal
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population10.206 billion


AnimalDouble-Duck Goose

The Network Corporation of Serlone is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Venipal with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, prohibition of alcohol, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 10.206 billion Serloneans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Uvenam. The average income tax rate is 55.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Serlonean economy, worth a remarkable 1,512 trillion Dits a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 148,224 Dits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

On-duty Air Serlone flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, fly fishermen are legally forbidden from using electronic lures, "Mad Max: Returning Again to Barrydrome" is this year's unexpected summer blockbuster, and advertisers are struggling to make water sound cool to a twitchy public. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Serlone's national animal is the Double-Duck Goose, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Wealth.

Serlone is ranked 11,348th in the world and 196th in 10000 Islands for Most Developed, scoring 89.44 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 456thTop
Largest Black Market: 4,105thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,349thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,582ndRudest Citizens: 5,088thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,298thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,032ndMost Armed: 7,209thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,947thMost Efficient Economies: 8,340thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,488thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,813thMost Developed: 11,348thHighest Economic Output: 11,729thTop
Best Weather: 12,673rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,221stHighest Average Incomes: 14,580thMost Secular: 15,036thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,618thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,959thSmartest Citizens: 17,322ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,576thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,144thLargest Mining Sector: 18,347thHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,851stMost Cultured: 19,319thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,912thLowest Crime Rates: 21,002ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,522ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,107thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24,340thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,467th
Largest Black Market: 34th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 49th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 58th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 59th in the regionMost Armed: 66th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 71st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 87th in the regionRudest Citizens: 89th in the regionMost Average: 102nd in the region

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