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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 566th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,168th Largest Gambling Industry: 1,238th
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Sink or Swim

Population7.78 billion


The Majestic Lands of Sink or Swim is a colossal, efficient nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, otherworldly petting zoo, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 7.78 billion citizens are free to succeed or fail in life on their own merits; the successful tend to enjoy an opulent (but moralistic) lifestyle, while the failures can be seen crowding out most jails.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Spirituality. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Citizen economy, worth a remarkable 1,484 trillion credits 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, Retail, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 190,871 credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,451,053 per year while the poor average 6,963, a ratio of 208 to 1.

Reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink, much of Sink or Swim's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence, and farmers complaining that the buzzing and the sparks from the nearby MagRail are blighting their crops. Crime is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sink or Swim's national animal is the horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sink or Swim is ranked 70,044th in the world and 699th in Yuno for Most Developed, scoring 54.58 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 566thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,168thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,238thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,381stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,487thMost Armed: 1,617thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,869thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,933rdMost Avoided: 2,238thNudest: 2,412thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,475thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,483rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,646thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,153rdFattest Citizens: 3,405thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,610thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,696thRudest Citizens: 3,863rdLargest Mining Sector: 4,382ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,417thMost Efficient Economies: 5,562ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,089thHighest Crime Rates: 6,230thHighest Average Incomes: 6,556thMost Pro-Market: 7,032ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,577thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,912thTop
Highest Economic Output: 9,037thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,370thMost Stationary: 14,047thMost Conservative: 16,109thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,662nd
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 19th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 22nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionNudest: 32nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 34th in the regionMost Conservative: 55th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 55th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 56th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 87th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 97th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 127th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 161st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 174th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 177th in the regionMost Devout: 182nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Sink or Swim's influence in Yuno rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed and the Top 10% for Most Conservative.
  • : Sink or Swim's influence in Yuno fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".
  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary and Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Sink or Swim was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed.


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