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The Snarky Solar Observer of Bhang Bhang Duc

“I know I believe in nothing but it is my nothing” Le Chromosphere

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: the West Pacific

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Bhang Bhang Duc

Population32.951 billion

CapitalFour Ecks
LeaderLe Chromosphere
FaithDrinking Brains SA

CurrencyZevon
AnimalSlark

The Snarky Solar Observer of Bhang Bhang Duc is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Le Chromosphere with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 32.951 billion Lovecraftians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Administration, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Four Ecks. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Bhang Bhang Ducian economy, worth a remarkable 4,336 trillion Zevons a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 131,599 Zevons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Most households' childcare costs are higher than their mortgage payments, the leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace', plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go, and Le Chromosphere's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bhang Bhang Duc's national animal is the Slark, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Drinking Brains SA.

Bhang Bhang Duc is ranked 73,314th in the world and 1,409th in the West Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 160,657 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 273rdMost Advanced Public Education: 472ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 500thMost Influential: 550thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 706thMost Secular: 824thMost Pacifist: 1,112thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,225thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,399thMost Developed: 1,401stLargest Populations: 1,690thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,735thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,803rdHealthiest Citizens: 2,004thBest Weather: 2,108thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,200thMost Inclusive: 2,273rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,455thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,553rdHighest Economic Output: 2,623rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,655thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,064thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,272ndLargest Governments: 4,325thLowest Crime Rates: 5,498thNicest Citizens: 8,900thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,604thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,032ndHighest Poor Incomes: 10,517thMost Efficient Economies: 11,507thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,190thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,228thSafest: 18,323rdHighest Average Incomes: 19,252nd
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Most Influential: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 18th in the regionLargest Populations: 21st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 23rd in the regionMost Secular: 27th in the regionMost Developed: 31st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 34th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 39th in the regionBest Weather: 41st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 43rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 43rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 45th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 49th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 50th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 51st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 59th in the regionLargest Governments: 75th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 76th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 109th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 140th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 200th in the regionNicest Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 212th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 216th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 217th in the regionNudest: 245th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 349th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 355th in the regionMost Stationary: 474th in the regionLargest Black Market: 475th in the regionSafest: 485th in the region

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