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The Grain of Sand


Category: Anarchy
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Location: 10000 Islands

Regional Influence: Nipper


The Grain of Sand is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its rum-swilling pirates, daily referendums, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 21.894 billion Sandians 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, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of SiO2. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Sandian economy, worth a remarkable 5,121 trillion Grains of Sand a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Pizza Delivery, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 233,918 Grains of Sand, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,175,003 per year while the poor average 2,308, a ratio of 942 to 1.

The Great Pyramid of SiO2 can be seen from miles away, not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric, bars are packed at all hours, and children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Sand's national animal is the Camel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Sand is ranked 273,261st in the world and 1,695th in 10000 Islands for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring -28.81 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 104thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 154thHighest Crime Rates: 239thMost Armed: 335thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 393rdMost Avoided: 406thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 456thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 549thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 731stFattest Citizens: 784thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 897thLargest Gambling Industry: 914thLargest Insurance Industry: 958thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,079thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,144thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,395thHighest Economic Output: 2,416thRudest Citizens: 2,731stTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,590thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,598thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,031stLargest Mining Sector: 4,245thHighest Average Incomes: 4,789thLargest Retail Industry: 5,764thMost Efficient Economies: 6,333rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,834thLargest Populations: 7,612thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,485thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,551stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,936thNudest: 11,305thTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,847thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,644thLargest Black Market: 18,527thLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,699thHighest Drug Use: 21,224thMost Pro-Market: 21,639th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 13th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionFattest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 23rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 26th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 32nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 33rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 46th in the regionRudest Citizens: 47th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 54th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 66th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 68th in the regionLargest Populations: 77th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 83rd in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 87th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 92nd in the regionNudest: 99th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 104th in the regionMost Extreme: 114th in the regionLargest Black Market: 119th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 130th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 140th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 150th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 154th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 164th in the region

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