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The Protectorate of Bardic Entertainment

“You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: One big Island

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Bardic Entertainment

Population19.36 billion

LeaderElvis

Currencymusic
Animalbard

The Protectorate of Bardic Entertainment is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Elvis with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed population of 19.36 billion Bards enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The minute, liberal government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, with Healthcare, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. The average income tax rate is 2.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bardic Entertainmentian economy, worth a remarkable 3,661 trillion musics a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 189,114 musics, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee, the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, and creating cardboard imitations of missiles is a new top-secret military project. Crime is totally unknown. Bardic Entertainment's national animal is the bard, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Bardic Entertainment is ranked 97,927th in the world and 21st in One big Island for Highest Drug Use, scoring 70 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,572ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,948thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,053rdTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,414thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,978thHighest Economic Output: 3,411thSmartest Citizens: 3,795thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,576thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,922ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,237thMost Developed: 5,251stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,000thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,243rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,808thLargest Populations: 7,944thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,245thMost Cultured: 8,362ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,704thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,302ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,389thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,536thSafest: 10,796thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,992ndNudest: 11,995thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,936thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,901stLargest Retail Industry: 14,079thBest Weather: 15,980thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,051stMost Secular: 20,398thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,445thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,923rd
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the region

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