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The Oligarchic Dictatorship of Buceroque

“Love, and Love to be Loved”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus

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Buceroque

Population8.299 billion

CapitalCaden Cotard
Leaderthe Vitaelus family

Currencypartizani
Animalhog

The Oligarchic Dictatorship of Buceroque is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by the Vitaelus family with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 8.299 billion Buqueans are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caden Cotard. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 40.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Buquean economy, worth a remarkable 2,682 trillion partizanis a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 323,183 partizanis, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,210,127 per year while the poor average 60,384, a ratio of 20.0 to 1.

The alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive, and contestants on Buceroque's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent. Crime is totally unknown. Buceroque's national animal is the hog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Buceroque is ranked 425th in the world and 28th in Lazarus for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 18,862.35 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 132ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 375thLargest Agricultural Sector: 425thMost Cultured: 442ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 613thMost Cheerful Citizens: 649thMost Rebellious Youth: 870thMost Inclusive: 988thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,012thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,165thMost Efficient Economies: 1,198thLargest Retail Industry: 1,221stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,401stHighest Average Incomes: 1,564thNicest Citizens: 1,811thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,820thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,357thRudest Citizens: 2,471stSmartest Citizens: 2,836thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,844thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,845thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,874thLargest Black Market: 2,907thMost Developed: 3,125thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,931stMost Pacifist: 4,049thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,870thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,074thHealthiest Citizens: 5,124thHighest Economic Output: 5,129thLargest Governments: 5,940thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,551stLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,505thMost Devout: 9,509thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,472ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 11,940thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,038thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,128thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,243rdLowest Crime Rates: 16,402ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,040thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,531st
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 16th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 27th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 28th in the regionMost Inclusive: 35th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 39th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 46th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 47th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 53rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 66th in the regionNicest Citizens: 78th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 86th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 91st in the regionRudest Citizens: 93rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 113th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 125th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 128th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 137th in the regionMost Developed: 140th in the regionLargest Black Market: 161st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 161st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 171st in the regionMost Pacifist: 187th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 238th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 242nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 267th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 274th in the regionLargest Governments: 298th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 413th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 466th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 512th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 522nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 585th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 649th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 729th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 749th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Buceroque was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Buceroque's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Buceroque's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Buceroque was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Buceroque ceased to exist in The East Pacific.
  • : Buceroque was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Buceroque, contestants on Buceroque's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent.
  • : Following new legislation in Buceroque, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive.
  • : Following new legislation in Buceroque, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.
  • : Following new legislation in Buceroque, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.

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