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Most Primitive: 318thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 657thMost Devout: 1,232nd
The Grey Wardens of
Mother Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Eshialand's Guardian Puppet
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Ambassador
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Upper Michigania

Population4.739 billion

CapitalMarquette
LeaderQueen Summer Agireul
FaithDefending the Many Regions of the World

Currencydollar
Animalgryphon

The Grey Wardens of Upper Michigania is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Queen Summer Agireul with an iron fist, and renowned for its national health service, rampant corporate plagiarism, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.739 billion Upper Michiganians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marquette. The average income tax rate is 78.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Michiganian economy, worth 747 trillion dollars 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 Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Basket Weaving, 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 impressive 157,691 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, the might of the entire Upper Michiganian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and Harry Potter books are banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Upper Michigania's national animal is the gryphon and its national religion is Defending the Many Regions of the World.

Upper Michigania is ranked 68,749th in the world and 1st in L DuF for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero valid endorsements.

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Most Primitive: 318thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 657thMost Devout: 1,232ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,389thHighest Crime Rates: 2,220thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,857thLargest Black Market: 4,031stMost Avoided: 4,500thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,024thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,355thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,427thFattest Citizens: 5,772ndLargest Retail Industry: 6,035thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,346thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,184thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,197thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,050thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,132ndLargest Welfare Programs: 10,014thMost Cultured: 10,556thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,604thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,134thMost Armed: 12,772ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,162ndHighest Average Incomes: 13,453rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,213thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,775thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,905thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,049thMost Patriotic: 16,284thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,435thLargest Governments: 19,854thMost Efficient Economies: 21,399th

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