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The People's Republic of Bananaistan

“Te occidere possunt sed te edere non possunt nefas est”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest

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Bananaistan

Population18.182 billion

CapitalShrone

CurrencyPound
AnimalAnt

The People's Republic of Bananaistan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 18.182 billion Bananamen hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Social Policy are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shrone. The average income tax rate is 83.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bananamen economy, worth a remarkable 1,927 trillion Pounds a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 105,987 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation', snooze factory is now prison lingo for rehabilitation center, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League, and editorials that criticize the government are legally obligated to display the "pants on fire" warning. Crime is totally unknown. Bananaistan's national animal is the Ant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bananaistan is ranked 204,577th in the world and 382nd in Forest for Most Avoided, scoring 0.31 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 708thMost Secular: 1,294thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,774thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,906thMost Cultured: 2,066thTop
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Best Weather: 2,653rdMost Developed: 2,793rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,050thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,108thMost Influential: 3,227thSmartest Citizens: 4,035thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,497thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,648thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,811thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,835thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,000thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,246thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,495thMost Pacifist: 5,986thHealthiest Citizens: 6,085thMost Inclusive: 7,436thHighest Economic Output: 7,821stLargest Populations: 8,086thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,739thMost Efficient Economies: 9,873rdTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,639thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,239thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,257thLargest Governments: 15,799thNicest Citizens: 17,058thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,073rdSafest: 20,178th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 31st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 34th in the regionMost Developed: 38th in the region

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