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The Free Land of Baconstate

“Mediocria Firma.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Republic of Conservative Nations



Population945 million

LeaderFrancis Bacon

CurrencyBaconian Stars

The Free Land of Baconstate is a huge, cultured nation, ruled by Francis Bacon with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 945 million Baconians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Environment, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baconia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.7%.

The all-consuming Baconstatean economy, worth 116 trillion Baconian Stars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Tourism, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 123,539 Baconian Stars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 471,376 per year while the poor average 22,399, a ratio of 21.0 to 1.

Saying "don't do anything that Francis Bacon wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, the government has announced its plans to construct a giant weaponised robot-cat, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Baconstatean language, and Francis Bacon has just been declared ruler of Baconstate in an international press conference. Crime is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Baconstate's national animal is the Bacon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Baconstate is ranked 213,901st in the world and 66th in Republic of Conservative Nations for Most Income Equality, scoring 4.75 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most Primitive: 2,049thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,162ndTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,571stHighest Crime Rates: 3,347thRudest Citizens: 3,397thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,120thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,779thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,677thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,914thMost Armed: 7,341stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,706thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,924thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,446thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,468thTop
Most Cultured: 15,083rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,160thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,971stHighest Drug Use: 20,141stHighest Average Incomes: 21,130thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,759th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the region

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