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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 96thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 255thLargest Mining Sector: 329th
The Empire of
Moralistic Democracy Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots
New trends to be set
The Trendsetting Trendsetter
Influence
Hermit
Founder / Homeland Security
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Trendsetter

Population10.494 billion

CapitalTrendsetting Place
LeaderThe Trendsetting Trendsetter
FaithTrender

CurrencyStatus Quo
AnimalTrend

The Empire of Trendsetter is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Trendsetting Trendsetter with an even hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 10.494 billion Trendsetterians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trendsetting Place. The average income tax rate is 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Trendsetterian economy, worth a remarkable 2,546 trillion Status Quos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Uranium Mining, Basket Weaving, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 242,658 Status Quos, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Trendsetterian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting, the world outside is only known of in folklore, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, and the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Trendsetter's national animal is the Trend, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Trender.

Trendsetter is ranked 207,235th in the world and 1st in Trendsetter for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -18.15 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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1%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 96thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 255thLargest Mining Sector: 329thLargest Black Market: 610thMost Advanced Public Education: 621stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 685thMost Corrupt Governments: 825thTop
5%
Most Avoided: 2,156thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,280thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,491stRudest Citizens: 2,815thFattest Citizens: 2,852ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,486thHighest Average Incomes: 3,699thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,134thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,570thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,588thNudest: 5,192ndHighest Economic Output: 5,301stMost Primitive: 6,169thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,210thLargest Governments: 6,737thMost Devout: 7,543rdMost Stationary: 7,626thMost Efficient Economies: 8,967thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,575thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,800thLargest Retail Industry: 11,680thMost Developed: 11,929thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,098thMost Influential: 14,182ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,766thLowest Crime Rates: 17,513thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,940thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,107th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, the world outside is only known of in folklore.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, Trendsetterian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances.
  • : Trendsetter was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry and Most Avoided and the Top 5% for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, dining out often involves Trends on the plate no matter what you order.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away.
  • : Following new legislation in Trendsetter, the TBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.

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