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The Community of Blixtland

“Progress By The People For The People”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: Osiris



Population2.039 billion


The Community of Blixtland is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.039 billion Blixtlenders 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 79.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Blixtlandian economy, worth 190 trillion BXTS a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 93,648 BXTS, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste, private law firms are unheard of, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun", and the richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Blixtland's national animal is the cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Blixtland is ranked 138,456th in the world and 4,994th in Osiris for Most Pro-Market, scoring 34 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 3,498thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,309thMost Pacifist: 5,634thSafest: 6,696thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,597thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,929thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,151stNicest Citizens: 9,367thMost Inclusive: 9,782ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12,114thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,743rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,799thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,091stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,881stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,673rdMost Beautiful Environments: 16,342ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,447thSmartest Citizens: 16,757thMost Secular: 16,845thLowest Crime Rates: 18,155thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,315thMost Cultured: 18,669thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,317thLargest Governments: 19,625th
Most Influential: 33rd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 262nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 263rd in the regionSafest: 333rd in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 437th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 465th in the regionNicest Citizens: 477th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 485th in the regionMost Inclusive: 494th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 616th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 663rd in the region

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