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Largest Populations: 843rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,330thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,500th
The Amazing Gold Footed Journey of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Like a shadow, like a ghost, like vanilla ice cream.
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TAO the Wanderer

Population35.543 billion

CapitalThe Beech Beach House
LeaderTAO the Once Omniscient
FaithAnti-marsupialism

Currency09Jun04grumfa
AnimalRing-Tailed Tooter

The Amazing Gold Footed Journey of TAO the Wanderer is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by TAO the Once Omniscient with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, national health service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 35.543 billion TAOsian Wanderers 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Beech Beach House. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 22.9%.

The TAO the Wandererian economy, worth a remarkable 2,996 trillion 09Jun04grumfas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Pizza Delivery industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 84,319 09Jun04grumfas, with the richest citizens earning 8.4 times as much as the poorest.

Parties that are too noisy are broken up to prevent disturbing wildlife, citizens often ask "what has information technology ever done for us?", burning members of the Order of Violet is the nation's favorite pastime, and there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees his shadow. Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. TAO the Wanderer's national animal is the Ring-Tailed Tooter, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Anti-marsupialism.

TAO the Wanderer is ranked 109,739th in the world and 2nd in Cinderia for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 71.11 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Populations: 843rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,330thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,500thFattest Citizens: 3,846thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,919thHighest Economic Output: 4,330thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,642ndLargest Black Market: 6,955thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,394thTop
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Most Avoided: 12,752ndMost Devout: 13,614thLargest Mining Sector: 16,062ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,752ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,253rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 19,510th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the region

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