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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,240thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,841stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,953rd
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Torsein

Population2.595 billion

CurrencyGold
AnimalEagle

The United Socialist States of Torsein is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, frequent executions, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.595 billion Torseinians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 43.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Torseinian economy, worth 239 trillion Golds a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Furniture Restoration, and Gambling. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 92,438 Golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime, an enormous health awareness programme is underway, and knitting needles have been banned in the name of public safety. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Torsein's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Torsein is ranked 56,505th in the world and 1,702nd in the Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 488.12 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,240thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 4,841stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,953rdTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 12,225thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,986thLargest Black Market: 13,355thMost Secular: 15,781stMost Corrupt Governments: 17,382ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,562ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,625thMost Efficient Economies: 21,702nd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 64th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 130th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 232nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 262nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 284th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 289th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 406th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 442nd in the regionMost Secular: 466th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 504th in the regionMost Stationary: 575th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 584th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 633rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, knitting needles have been banned in the name of public safety.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, an enormous health awareness programme is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence.
  • : Torsein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, toddler groups have taken over local libraries.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, hospitals are run down while the rich pay for private treatment.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, professional athletes juggle part-time jobs to avoid bankruptcy.

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