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The Pirate States of Books Rule Supreme

“To Be Or To Not To Be, That Is The Question.” William Shakespeare

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Realm of the Whispering Winds

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Books Rule Supreme

Population2.922 billion

CapitalLibrary City
LeaderWilliam Shakespeare
FaithBooksonian

CurrencyBit Coin
AnimalPirate

The Pirate States of Books Rule Supreme is a massive, safe nation, ruled by William Shakespeare with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, daily referendums, and lack of airports. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.922 billion Bookmens 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 Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Library City. The average income tax rate is 79.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Books Rule Supremean economy, worth 216 trillion Bit Coins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Trout Farming, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 74,109 Bit Coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The government takes agricultural advice from a wasp-themed superhero, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion, Books Rule Supremean tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation, and landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Books Rule Supreme's national animal is the Pirate, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Booksonian.

Books Rule Supreme is ranked 113,970th in the world and 58th in Realm of the Whispering Winds for Most Pro-Market, scoring 33.78 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,459thMost Devout: 4,349thBest Weather: 4,459thMost Influential: 5,751stMost Pacifist: 6,146thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,703rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,265thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,302ndMost Primitive: 7,705thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,797thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,828thNicest Citizens: 7,903rdTop
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Most Inclusive: 8,685thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,816thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,608thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,647thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,879thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,007thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,208thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,155thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,298thHealthiest Citizens: 16,065th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the region

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