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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 16th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rd
The Rogue Nation of
Anarchy Lawless Wasteland
Everyone is useful, if only as fertilizer
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population34.569 billion

CapitalHard Knocks City
LeaderEvil Overlord


The Rogue Nation of Sinkorswim is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Evil Overlord with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 34.569 billion Sinkorswimians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hard Knocks City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Sinkorswimian economy, worth an astonishing 16,681 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is an amazing 482,552 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,948,657 per year while the poor average 79,758, a ratio of 24.4 to 1.

The government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hard Knocks City Times is sold out, and there's stiff competition in the medical marketplace. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sinkorswim's national animal is the hyena, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sinkorswim is ranked 101st in the world and 1st in Osiris for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 98.09 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rdLargest Insurance Industry: 86thLargest Publishing Industry: 86thHighest Economic Output: 88thRudest Citizens: 100thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 101stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 103rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 109thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 112thFattest Citizens: 139thSmartest Citizens: 144thLargest Populations: 191stLargest Gambling Industry: 206thMost Scientifically Advanced: 209thHighest Average Incomes: 245thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 253rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 273rdMost Secular: 430thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 562ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 600thLargest Information Technology Sector: 607thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 879thMost Armed: 1,078thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,192ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,209thHighest Crime Rates: 1,234thMost Avoided: 1,564thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,890thLargest Retail Industry: 2,064thLargest Black Market: 4,776thHighest Drug Use: 5,847thMost Stationary: 5,860thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,983rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,473rdMost Influential: 12,846thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,623rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,185thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,814thMost Efficient Economies: 14,987th
Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 42nd in the regionMost Armed: 44th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 62nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 63rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 70th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 72nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 82nd in the regionMost Avoided: 84th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 115th in the regionMost Influential: 166th in the regionLargest Black Market: 264th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 367th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 454th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 466th in the regionMost Politically Free: 488th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 515th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 571st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, there's stiff competition in the medical marketplace.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hard Knocks City Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, cheap and tasteless vegetables flood the markets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Sinkorswim, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.


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