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Largest Gambling Industry: 2,913thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,691stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,781st
The Dominion of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
Dark Hierophant Caagan Ky'Phon
Influence
Negotiator
Sakellarios of Foreign Affairs
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Church of Starry Wisdom

Population17.975 billion

CapitalHastur-Dagon
LeaderDark Hierophant Caagan Ky'Phon

CurrencyEnoch
AnimalShoggoth

The Dominion of The Church of Starry Wisdom is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Dark Hierophant Caagan Ky'Phon with an iron fist, and renowned for its parental licensing program, infamous sell-swords, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 17.975 billion Cthulites 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 tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hastur-Dagon. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Church of Starry Wisdomian economy, worth a remarkable 2,148 trillion Enoches a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 119,551 Enoches, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 470,468 per year while the poor average 20,619, a ratio of 22.8 to 1.

Popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs, concerned environmentalists wipe away their tears with tissues sourced from Tasmanian old-growth redwoods, convicted conmen and fraudsters often leave prison to enter a career in politics, and truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Church of Starry Wisdom's national animal is the Shoggoth, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Church of Starry Wisdom is ranked 6,376th in the world and 4th in The Forgotten Lands for Fattest Citizens, with 20.6 Obesity Rate.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 2,913thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,691stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,781stMost Avoided: 4,971stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,264thHighest Crime Rates: 5,923rdFattest Citizens: 6,376thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,303rdMost Rebellious Youth: 7,617thHighest Economic Output: 7,648thLargest Retail Industry: 9,369thLargest Populations: 10,471stTop
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Most Stationary: 12,361stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,747thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,226thMost Influential: 14,067thLargest Black Market: 14,699thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,949thLargest Mining Sector: 17,699thHighest Average Incomes: 23,718thMost Efficient Economies: 23,884th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the region

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