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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State Aspirational Worker State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Centauri

Population39.623 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities

Currencyducket
AnimalNarn

The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 39.623 billion Centauris 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 government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Centaurian economy, worth an astonishing 36,543 trillion duckets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 922,292 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,639,914 per year while the poor average 8,281, a ratio of 1,043 to 1.

Citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and Centaurian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities.

The Centauri is ranked 245,656th in the world and 10th in Babylon 5 for Most Beautiful Environments, with 0.44 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Armed: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16thHighest Average Incomes: 17thLargest Gambling Industry: 18thMost Avoided: 19thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21stMost Efficient Economies: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thHighest Crime Rates: 32ndFattest Citizens: 33rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 53rdLargest Mining Sector: 61stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 68thMost Scientifically Advanced: 73rdLargest Populations: 88thMost Cultured: 112thRudest Citizens: 178thLargest Publishing Industry: 186thSmartest Citizens: 226thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 255thMost Devout: 258thMost Rebellious Youth: 331stLargest Retail Industry: 419thMost Corrupt Governments: 630thLargest Information Technology Sector: 772ndTop
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Largest Governments: 3,829thLargest Black Market: 5,589thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,450thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,950thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,068thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,614thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,904thMost Pro-Market: 18,337thHighest Drug Use: 21,817th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Centauri's influence in Babylon 5 rose from "Page" to "Squire".

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