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The Vizier Puffin of Bachtendekuppen

Bachtendekuppen was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 270

“Oh look! cried Ned, and the kingdom was his forever”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The East Pacific



Population17.051 billion

CapitalAnglesey City
LeaderPresident Edgar Erle


The Vizier Puffin of Bachtendekuppen is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Edgar Erle with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, daily referendums, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 17.051 billion Bachtendekuppenians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Anglesey City. The average income tax rate is 6.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Bachtendekuppenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,719 trillion Ducats a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 100,846 Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Dancing with your first cousin is a misdemeanor, minorities play dumb to get more welfare payments, midnight pizza breaks are common among the work-from-home population, and explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Bachtendekuppen's national animal is the Puffin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Bachtendekuppen is ranked 61,397th in the world and 2,374th in The East Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 3,490.08 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 102ndMost Influential: 204thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,542ndTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 3,042ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,642ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,250thBest Weather: 6,634thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,278thHighest Crime Rates: 7,344thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,813thHighest Economic Output: 8,910thLargest Populations: 9,262ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,368thTop
Smartest Citizens: 10,832ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,919thMost Cultured: 12,256thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,554thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,344thHealthiest Citizens: 16,152ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,805thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,626thLargest Black Market: 19,139thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,577th
Most Influential: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 59th in the regionLargest Populations: 67th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 80th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 141st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 176th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 176th in the regionBest Weather: 187th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 225th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 228th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 278th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 279th in the regionMost Cultured: 310th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 381st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 389th in the regionLargest Black Market: 428th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 468th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 479th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 483rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 566th in the regionMost Developed: 605th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 766th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 790th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 805th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 818th in the regionMost Secular: 832nd in the region

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