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Largest Gambling Industry: 113thLargest Retail Industry: 146thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 168th
The Oppressed Peoples of
Compulsory Consumerist State Aspirational Worker State
Authority Through Compliance
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Ironfistan

Population8.461 billion

CapitalMizjarabad
LeaderAyub Mirzapur

Currencyrupee
AnimalOx

The Oppressed Peoples of Ironfistan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ayub Mirzapur with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.461 billion Ironfistanis are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mizjarabad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ironfistanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,863 trillion rupees a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 338,379 rupees, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,693,583 per year while the poor average 37,971, a ratio of 44.6 to 1.

Heavily-laden pregnant women are told they can manage, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward, exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies", and no one over the age of 35 has the slightest clue what is going on. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ironfistan's national animal is the Ox, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ironfistan is ranked 238,715th in the world and 8,351st in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring -18.71 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 113thLargest Retail Industry: 146thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 168thFattest Citizens: 190thMost Avoided: 207thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 241stHighest Crime Rates: 361stMost Armed: 377thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 390thRudest Citizens: 424thHighest Disposable Incomes: 452ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 522ndMost Corrupt Governments: 549thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 633rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 703rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 731stLargest Insurance Industry: 792ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,043rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,234thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,288thHighest Average Incomes: 1,445thMost Efficient Economies: 2,021stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,189thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,903rdHighest Economic Output: 5,197thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,450thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,072ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,164thNudest: 7,007thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,117thTop
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Most Devout: 12,152ndMost Stationary: 13,314thMost Influential: 16,259thLargest Black Market: 18,506thMost Pro-Market: 18,772ndMost Subsidized Industry: 18,782ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,886th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 39th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 55th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 69th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 83rd in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 154th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 169th in the regionMost Stationary: 181st in the regionNudest: 195th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 214th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 246th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 253rd in the regionLargest Populations: 284th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 312th in the regionMost Devout: 356th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 543rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 589th in the regionMost Influential: 767th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 779th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, no one over the age of 35 has the slightest clue what is going on.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies".
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, heavily-laden pregnant women are told they can manage.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, women complaining about lack of opportunity are told to "man up".
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, the barter economy has taken over as the rupee has become worthless.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, former public radio talk pundits are being deployed to front line war zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars.
  • : Ironfistan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.

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