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Highest Disposable Incomes: 5th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State Aspirational Worker State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
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The Centauri

Population34.503 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities


The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, aversion to nipples, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 34.503 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 31,417 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 910,587 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,675,617 per year while the poor average 62,417, a ratio of 90.9 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 145th in the world and 5th in Wysteria for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 24,515.56 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Highest Disposable Incomes: 5thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thMost Armed: 7thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thMost Avoided: 11thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12thLargest Gambling Industry: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 15thFattest Citizens: 22ndHighest Crime Rates: 24thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 31stMost Scientifically Advanced: 35thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 53rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 56thLargest Mining Sector: 59thMost Cultured: 62ndRudest Citizens: 76thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 85thLargest Populations: 101stSmartest Citizens: 128thLargest Agricultural Sector: 145thLargest Publishing Industry: 167thLargest Retail Industry: 169thMost Devout: 190thMost Rebellious Youth: 315thLargest Information Technology Sector: 419thMost Corrupt Governments: 425thMost Efficient Economies: 1,155thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,497thLargest Governments: 3,317thMost Influential: 5,513thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,514thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,729thMost Pro-Market: 7,974thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,200thHighest Drug Use: 10,659thNudest: 14,543rd
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the region

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