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The Sultanate of Bagger 015

“The End of All Things”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: tallis alternate futures


Bagger 015

Population424 million


The Sultanate of Bagger 015 is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed population of 424 million Bagger 015ians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 33.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Bagger 015ian economy, worth 23.2 trillion Latinums a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Tourism, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 54,707 Latinums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

There are traffic jams at sea as diligent customs officers check every part of every ship, confused drunks wake up to irate drill sergeants whipping them into shape, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu, and the country has unplugged its internet connection to prevent subversive content. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bagger 015's national animal is the Scorpion, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Bagger 015 is ranked 136,395th in the world and 71st in tallis alternate futures for Most Politically Free, scoring 48.33 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the region

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