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The Jingoistic States of Bumblegaria

“Bite like a bumblebee, sting like a staffy”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Bumblegaria

Population2.153 billion

CapitalBumdon
LeaderQueen Bee
FaithBeeNiceism

CurrencyStaffinky
AnimalBumblebee

The Jingoistic States of Bumblegaria is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Bee with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory vegetarianism, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 2.153 billion Bumblegarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bumdon. The average income tax rate is 86.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Bumblegarian economy, worth 174 trillion Staffinkies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. Average income is 80,990 Staffinkies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, and citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bumblegaria's national animal is the Bumblebee, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is BeeNiceism.

Bumblegaria is ranked 173,654th in the world and 6,502nd in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -68.89 on the Rand Index.

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Best Weather: 1,172ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,474thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,630thMost Influential: 1,749thMost Inclusive: 1,955thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,182ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,333rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,499thMost Pacifist: 2,556thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,590thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,227thNicest Citizens: 3,439thSafest: 3,548thMost Cultured: 4,663rdMost Secular: 5,093rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,631stHealthiest Citizens: 5,699thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,059thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,530thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,420thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,285thLowest Crime Rates: 9,964thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,995thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,498thSmartest Citizens: 13,646thLargest Governments: 18,049th
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Best Weather: 45th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 48th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 59th in the regionMost Inclusive: 68th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 71st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 78th in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 91st in the regionMost Pacifist: 92nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 112th in the regionSafest: 113th in the regionNicest Citizens: 116th in the regionMost Cultured: 133rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 153rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 179th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 183rd in the regionMost Influential: 188th in the regionMost Secular: 196th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 201st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 230th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 263rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 264th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 266th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 279th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 365th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 403rd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 495th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 581st in the regionMost Developed: 651st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 704th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, being Queen Bee has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, government employees from Bumblegaria dominate international lumberjack competitions.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income.
  • : Following new legislation in Bumblegaria, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 147 » Aidenfieeld, Saciu, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Erinor, The Filippinas, Volaworand, Aurcania, Wehraboos, Zaelith, Dasko, Farengeto, Barabarom, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Hanguk-Nippon, Qvait, Land Without Shrimp, Luddinlande, New Briantown, Sedunn, Xandev, Imperial Duck, Amerion, Empa Aserium, Lambdaland, Jehenna, Tsvetania, The Tecorogan Federation, Direwolf1, Phanama, Qawe, Mapico, Tilipria, Curlyhoward, Astraee, Jaxon, Yeldarbsland, Darakin, Realms of Madness, The naked people, Bear Connors Paradiso, Madreia, Cohors Stercore, Ancient Slobovia, Rabbitz, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Auphelia, Nueva Alta California, Bleakfoot, and 97 others.Noveos, The Solar System Scope, The United Expanse, Theorin, Tsunamy, Omiri, PenguinPies, Corgitopiaa, Isles of Creckero, Terran Draconia, Bawkie, Techganet, Tepertopia, Kandorith, Tarnik, Drystar, Eggraria, North Kanuckistan, Poopisiya, Gliasco, Antarctic Empires, Seliyan progressive Islands, Ebonhand, Hutington, Centristvill, Kringalia, Holy Free, West Pastafaria, Blaash, Sau Man Frescher, Soem, Anserisa, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, Changolandia, Eskvenn, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Rebel-topia, Sthalrim, Westerlonia, Ralphburg, Moonshining, Sanden, Elan Sleazebaganno, Jimburna, Merevane, Baltenlands, Tridem, Marinho Islands, Compli, East Nagaland, ChickenDome, Starsight, Shefino, Markla, The Worst army of, Sumalyo, Fasire, Escanval, Solianz, Melicorium, NganXuan, Freest Freedonia, Matak Tribes, Laamiva, Fighting Kawi Ninja, The Radanivans, Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories, St Oaks, Nowa Europa, Well F, Rhetiaa, Trepsit, Andinla, Stoniamera, United States of Vietnam, Purple Hyacinth, Sandaoguo, Briteannia, Ovkianos, Myness, Drugged Monkeys, Avia Lavanda, Weburya, Midand, Concrete Slab, Vega Naothia, Gonrati, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Belschaft, Catillos, B H A R A T, North Catimestistrianes, West Fallows, Springhollow, Alfama, Djalia, and Native Inhabitants of Antarctica.

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