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Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 115thLargest Insurance Industry: 143rd
The Corporate Theocracy of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Santa is Watching
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Merry Christmas

Population21.056 billion

CapitalChristmas Town
LeaderSanta
FaithChristmas Spirit

Currencydollar
Animalreindeer

The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Santa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its flagrant waste-dumping, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.056 billion Christmasites are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Christmas Town. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Christmas economy, worth a remarkable 7,575 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 359,775 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,796,194 per year while the poor average 40,571, a ratio of 44.3 to 1.

Merry Birthday is a popular protest song despite the risk of fines and royalty dues, the state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association, the government advises foreign diplomats to speak softly and carry a big bag of cash, and there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Merry Christmas's national animal is the reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christmas Spirit.

The Merry Christmas is ranked 176,213th in the world and 6th in The Arctic for Most Politically Free, scoring 17.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 115thLargest Insurance Industry: 143rdFattest Citizens: 233rdMost Avoided: 261stMost Devout: 283rdMost Corrupt Governments: 291stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 331stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 346thMost Efficient Economies: 360thHighest Disposable Incomes: 374thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 377thLargest Agricultural Sector: 500thLargest Mining Sector: 525thMost Ignorant Citizens: 665thHighest Economic Output: 785thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 803rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,014thHighest Average Incomes: 1,101stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,177thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,394thRudest Citizens: 1,928thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,469thLowest Crime Rates: 2,532ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,386thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,594thLargest Populations: 5,638thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,929thMost Stationary: 7,784thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,324thLargest Black Market: 9,774thTop
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Largest Governments: 11,169thMost Influential: 13,704thMost Pro-Market: 17,353rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,435thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,425th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the government advises foreign diplomats to speak softly and carry a big bag of cash.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, Merry Birthday is a popular protest song despite the risk of fines and royalty dues.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, Christmas TV is considered cruel and unusual punishment in other countries.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, nose plugs are the latest Christmas fashion accessory.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the government's fruit business reeks of rotting produce and corruption.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, children fear compulsory visits to their spiritual advisors more than the dentist.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the weather in Christmas Town is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings'.

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