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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,239thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,525thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,756th
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Spiny Norman the Hedgehog

Population10.728 billion

CapitalHedgehog City
LeaderSpiny Norman

Currencydead parrot

The Republic of Spiny Norman the Hedgehog is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Spiny Norman with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.728 billion Hedgehogs are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hedgehog City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 43.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Spiny economy, worth a remarkable 1,428 trillion dead parrots a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 133,132 dead parrots, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 690,429 per year while the poor average 13,909, a ratio of 49.6 to 1.

City budgets are spent entirely on supporting the town royalty, sleeping on the job is recommended, the nation's best artists are considered pretty easy to beat, and Humongo-Mart's Beef 'n Gumby Lasagne is a hit. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spiny Norman the Hedgehog's national animal is the gumby, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Spinyism.

Spiny Norman the Hedgehog is ranked 38,372nd in the world and 2nd in Monty Python for Most Authoritarian, with 1,304.3 milliStalins.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,239thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,525thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,756thFattest Citizens: 2,936thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,581stMost Avoided: 4,111thLargest Retail Industry: 4,126thLargest Black Market: 4,577thMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,121stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,693rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,793rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,993rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,400thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,491stTop
Highest Economic Output: 11,496thLargest Mining Sector: 11,963rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,363rdLargest Gambling Industry: 13,483rdMost Efficient Economies: 16,089thHighest Average Incomes: 17,951stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,063rdMost Stationary: 19,678thMost Influential: 21,715thMost Devout: 21,854th
Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the region

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