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The Spooky Wonderland of Blaash

“Let the darkness lead us into the light.” The Brain

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Blaash

Population1.579 billion

CapitalQuasar City
LeaderThe Brain
FaithAtheism

CurrencyAtoms
AnimalMole

The Spooky Wonderland of Blaash is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Brain with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and compulsory gun ownership. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.579 billion Blaashians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Quasar City. The average income tax rate is 81.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Blaashian economy, worth 288 trillion Atoms a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 182,932 Atoms, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle, the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances, the entire entry for Blaash in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', and owning a really cute pet is grounds for immediate investigation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Blaash's national animal is the Mole, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Blaash is ranked 66,710th in the world and 2,945th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 64 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,564thTop
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Most Influential: 2,134thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,869thMost Developed: 4,512thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,517thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,518thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,788thNicest Citizens: 5,271stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,518thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,598thSmartest Citizens: 5,749thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,883rdMost Inclusive: 6,177thHighest Average Incomes: 7,418thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,608thLargest Governments: 7,883rdTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 8,795thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,272ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,305thLowest Crime Rates: 10,115thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,570thMost Secular: 10,614thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,649thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,723rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,030thMost Efficient Economies: 11,296thMost Cultured: 11,633rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,118thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,159thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,552ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,887thRudest Citizens: 13,162ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,428thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,510thSafest: 15,996th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 118th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 118th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 127th in the regionMost Developed: 135th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 137th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 165th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 167th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 172nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 180th in the regionLargest Governments: 185th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 186th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 202nd in the regionMost Influential: 219th in the regionMost Inclusive: 220th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 228th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 236th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 243rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 261st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 267th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 281st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 288th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 294th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 296th in the regionRudest Citizens: 299th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 300th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 300th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 302nd in the regionMost Cultured: 317th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 332nd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 375th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 380th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 391st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 432nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 499th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 568th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 589th in the regionSafest: 611th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 646th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, owning a really cute pet is grounds for immediate investigation.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, the entire entry for Blaash in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, the Blaashian Babysitters Club has proven to be a huge relief to stressed-out parents across the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program.
  • : Following new legislation in Blaash, machine-peeled candied grapes come in individual packaging for the busy commuter.

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