by Max Barry

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Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the West Pacific


Big Bad Badger

Population12.788 billion

CapitalMad Town
LeaderMr Badger

AnimalWild Turkey

The Rockin in the Free World of Big Bad Badger is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Mr Badger with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 12.788 billion Big Bad Badgerians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mad Town. The average income tax rate is 15.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Big Bad Badgerian economy, worth a remarkable 1,741 trillion Boneses a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,203 Boneses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Supervisors in Big Bad Badger commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, and consuming ecstasy is a common rite of passage. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Big Bad Badger's national animal is the Wild Turkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Big Bad Badger is ranked 8,387th in the world and 116th in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 150 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Crime Rates: 1,380thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,500thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,911thMost Cultured: 2,041stMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,208thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,562ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,732ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,639thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,719thRudest Citizens: 4,359thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,703rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,063rdMost Inclusive: 5,299thMost Armed: 7,223rdSmartest Citizens: 7,735thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,752ndBest Weather: 7,901stLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,180thLargest Black Market: 8,387thHighest Economic Output: 9,666thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,172ndTop
Most Influential: 12,171stMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,307thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,489thMost Secular: 14,636thHighest Average Incomes: 17,685thNicest Citizens: 18,224thLargest Populations: 21,086th
Most Rebellious Youth: 29th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 33rd in the regionMost Cultured: 40th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 45th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 45th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 49th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 77th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 91st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 98th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 99th in the regionMost Armed: 102nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 110th in the regionLargest Black Market: 116th in the regionMost Inclusive: 126th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 155th in the regionLargest Populations: 160th in the regionBest Weather: 165th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 172nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 200th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 200th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 214th in the regionNudest: 245th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 282nd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 308th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 327th in the regionMost Secular: 342nd in the regionMost Stationary: 365th in the regionMost Influential: 404th in the regionNicest Citizens: 488th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 500th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 531st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 587th in the region

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