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Most Valuable International Artwork: 55thMost Primitive: 191stMost Ignorant Citizens: 229th
The Liddell-Scott Metaphysics of
Tyranny by Majority Tyranny by Bourgeois
τίς ἥδε τιμή; κόμπασον γέρας καλόν.
The Eye of Providence
Influence
Dominator
Founder
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Marsupial Illuminati

Population9.075 billion

CapitalMarsupium
LeaderThe Eye of Providence
FaithPouchism

CurrencyPouch
AnimalMarsupial

The Liddell-Scott Metaphysics of The Marsupial Illuminati is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Eye of Providence with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, compulsory vegetarianism, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 9.075 billion Marsupials enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marsupium. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Marsupial economy, worth 899 trillion Pouches a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 99,099 Pouches, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

Cholera is seen as the holiest of diseases, the nation is a world leader in martyrs per capita, the military is plagued with unethical researchers, and immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps. Crime is a major problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. The Marsupial Illuminati's national animal is the Marsupial, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pouchism.

The Marsupial Illuminati is ranked 215,986th in the world and 2nd in Sodom and Gomorrah for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -11.4 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 55thMost Primitive: 191stMost Ignorant Citizens: 229thMost Devout: 323rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 705thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,635thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,845thLargest Black Market: 2,026thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,840thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,990thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,082ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,269thMost Avoided: 5,054thNudest: 6,491stHighest Crime Rates: 6,679thMost Conservative: 8,043rdBest Weather: 9,109thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,255thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 18,231stHighest Economic Output: 19,072ndMost Efficient Economies: 20,591stMost Beautiful Environments: 20,763rd

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