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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri

“What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Location: Babylon 5

Regional Influence: Vassal

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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, ritual sacrifices, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 39.389 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 36,328 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 21,953rd in the world and 1st in Babylon 5 for Highest Drug Use, scoring 109.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thHighest Economic Output: 8thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Armed: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16thHighest Average Incomes: 17thLargest Gambling Industry: 18thMost Avoided: 19thMost Efficient Economies: 21stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24thLargest Insurance Industry: 27thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thHighest Crime Rates: 32ndFattest Citizens: 33rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 52ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 55thLargest Mining Sector: 62ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 68thMost Scientifically Advanced: 72ndLargest Populations: 88thMost Cultured: 111thRudest Citizens: 174thLargest Publishing Industry: 186thSmartest Citizens: 220thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 245thMost Devout: 260thMost Rebellious Youth: 330thLargest Retail Industry: 412thMost Corrupt Governments: 635thLargest Information Technology Sector: 754thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,770thLargest Black Market: 5,412thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,281stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,950thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,364thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,307thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,190thMost Pro-Market: 18,525thHighest Drug Use: 21,953rd

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