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The Most Serene Republic of Bagger 020

“The End of All Things”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: tallis alternate futures

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Bagger 020

Population450 million

CurrencyLatinum
AnimalScorpion

The Most Serene Republic of Bagger 020 is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 450 million Bagger 020ians 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 38.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Bagger 020ian economy, worth 19.3 trillion Latinums a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 42,926 Latinums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle, women across the country are tying the knot, the nation's laws on image rights are amongst the strictest in the world, and the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bagger 020's national animal is the Scorpion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bagger 020 is ranked 82,005th in the world and 23rd in tallis alternate futures for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 38.28 Effective Tax Rate.

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Most Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the region

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