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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Centauri

Population39.647 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities

Currencyducket
AnimalNarn

The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, flagrant waste-dumping, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 39.647 billion Centauris 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, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Centaurian economy, worth an astonishing 36,566 trillion duckets 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 Information Technology, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 922,292 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,639,914 per year while the poor average 8,281, a ratio of 1,043 to 1.

Citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and Centaurian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities.

The Centauri is ranked 10th in the world and 1st in Babylon 5 for Most Armed, with 144.71 Weapons Per Person.

Top
1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Armed: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16thHighest Average Incomes: 17thLargest Gambling Industry: 18thMost Avoided: 19thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21stMost Efficient Economies: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31stHighest Crime Rates: 32ndFattest Citizens: 33rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 53rdLargest Mining Sector: 60thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 68thMost Scientifically Advanced: 72ndLargest Populations: 88thMost Cultured: 112thRudest Citizens: 175thLargest Publishing Industry: 184thSmartest Citizens: 226thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 255thMost Devout: 258thMost Rebellious Youth: 330thLargest Retail Industry: 420thMost Corrupt Governments: 631stLargest Information Technology Sector: 772ndTop
5%
Largest Governments: 3,840thLargest Black Market: 5,575thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,435thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,984thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,052ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,601stTop
10%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,811thMost Pro-Market: 18,326thHighest Drug Use: 21,798th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Page" to "Squire".

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