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The Musical Gentlemen of Barlyy

“Timendi causa est nescire.” the Calculus Professor

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Callista



Population3.083 billion

Capitalthe disorganized desk
Leaderthe Calculus Professor
Faiththe Baloominati

Animalgray kitten

The Musical Gentlemen of Barlyy is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by the Calculus Professor with an iron fist, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, compulsory vegetarianism, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 3.083 billion Barlyyites are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the disorganized desk. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Barlyyian economy, worth 573 trillion istatistiks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 186,001 istatistiks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's nothing more rock-and-roll than absolute sobriety, government officials stay up all night in flame wars with their constituents, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers, and state officials tend to disappear after they forget to salute the Calculus Professor's portrait. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barlyy's national animal is the gray kitten, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Baloominati.

Barlyy is ranked 2,339th in the world and 2nd in Callista for Most Beautiful Environments, with 3,150.85 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Least Corrupt Governments: 546thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 581stMost Valuable International Artwork: 601stSafest: 624thMost Secular: 792ndLargest Welfare Programs: 820thMost Developed: 1,096thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,123rdNicest Citizens: 1,141stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,291stBest Weather: 1,303rdMost Pacifist: 1,330thHealthiest Citizens: 1,332ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,460thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,604thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,643rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,763rdMost Inclusive: 1,820thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,925thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,992ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,034thMost Patriotic: 2,073rdHighest Food Quality: 2,145thLargest Governments: 2,203rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,339thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,104thSmartest Citizens: 3,178thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,411thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,494thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,658thMost Cultured: 3,865thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,021stNudest: 4,309thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,228thMost Efficient Economies: 5,509thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,153rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,177thHighest Average Incomes: 8,466thTop
Most Income Equality: 17,098thMost Authoritarian: 22,297th
Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the region

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