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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,426thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,518thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,660th
The Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
Hail the Delequine! Hail Pacifica Orientalis!
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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TEP Information Center

Population2.201 billion

CurrencyLittle Marrabuk
AnimalHorse

The Republic of TEP Information Center is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its compulsory military service, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.201 billion Informed TEP Citizens are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.7%.

The strong an Informed TEP Citizen economy, worth 135 trillion Little Marrabuks 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 Arms Manufacturing, Furniture Restoration, and Book Publishing. Average income is 61,406 Little Marrabuks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 379,327 per year while the poor average 4,307, a ratio of 88.1 to 1.

The examiners who examine examiners are being examined by examiners, drugs containing the compound "oleum de serpens" are being sold to cancer patients, calling dibs is an unalienable right, and panels from bankrupt rooftop solar companies are used as props for sci-fi B-movies. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. TEP Information Center's national animal is the Horse, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

TEP Information Center is ranked 169,989th in the world and 6,407th in The East Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 50.58 on the Human Development Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,426thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,518thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,660thMost Pro-Market: 11,430thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,944thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,512thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,952ndHighest Crime Rates: 16,013thFattest Citizens: 18,234th
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Most Pro-Market: 125th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 175th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 184th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 251st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 282nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 321st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 337th in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 449th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 516th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 812th in the regionMost Avoided: 825th in the region

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