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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 16th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rd
The Rogue Nation of
Anarchy Post-Revolution Embryonic Society
Everyone is useful, if only as fertilizer
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population34.599 billion

CapitalHard Knocks City
LeaderEvil Overlord


The Rogue Nation of Sinkorswim is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Evil Overlord with a fair hand, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, daily referendums, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 34.599 billion Sinkorswimians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hard Knocks City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Sinkorswimian economy, worth an astonishing 16,699 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 482,647 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,968,847 per year while the poor average 78,440, a ratio of 25.1 to 1.

There's stiff competition in the medical marketplace, convicted criminals are given free limo rides to jail, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators, and stolen Reuben sandwiches are met with detailed and thorough police investigations. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sinkorswim's national animal is the hyena, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sinkorswim is ranked 5,838th in the world and 121st in Osiris for Highest Drug Use, scoring 114.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rdLargest Insurance Industry: 87thLargest Publishing Industry: 87thHighest Economic Output: 88thRudest Citizens: 95thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 100thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 104thHighest Disposable Incomes: 111thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 113thFattest Citizens: 139thSmartest Citizens: 148thLargest Populations: 188thLargest Gambling Industry: 205thMost Scientifically Advanced: 211thHighest Average Incomes: 250thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 252ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 266thMost Secular: 438thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 555thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 582ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 615thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 880thMost Armed: 1,093rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,201stLargest Mining Sector: 1,214thHighest Crime Rates: 1,251stMost Avoided: 1,574thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,899thLargest Retail Industry: 2,045thLargest Black Market: 4,808thHighest Drug Use: 5,838thMost Stationary: 5,851stTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 9,047thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,116thMost Influential: 12,832ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,626thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,294thMost Efficient Economies: 14,937thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,451st
Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 41st in the regionMost Armed: 46th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 62nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 65th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 67th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 69th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 72nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 76th in the regionMost Avoided: 83rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 121st in the regionMost Influential: 161st in the regionLargest Black Market: 261st in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 363rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 460th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 489th in the regionMost Politically Free: 489th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 499th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 534th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, stolen Reuben sandwiches are met with detailed and thorough police investigations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, convicted criminals are given free limo rides to jail.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, there's stiff competition in the medical marketplace.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hard Knocks City Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, cheap and tasteless vegetables flood the markets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television.


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