by Max Barry

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Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Osiris

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California but Worse

Population2.585 billion

CapitalOwmyBacramento
LeaderChad Giovanni
FaithHipsterism

CurrencyBitcoin
AnimalPlatypus

The Before it was Cool States of California but Worse is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Chad Giovanni with an even hand, and notable for its digital currency, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.585 billion ePeoples are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Healthcare, and International Aid. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of OwmyBacramento. The average income tax rate is 8.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient California but Worsean economy, worth 100 trillion Bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 38,855 Bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Counselors diagnose their clients with motherboard complexes, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, and schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money. Crime is well under control. California but Worse's national animal is the Platypus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Hipsterism.

California but Worse is ranked 60,897th in the world and 2,336th in Osiris for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,236.43 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Top
5%
Most Influential: 2,403rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,368thMost Secular: 5,936thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,530thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,029thBest Weather: 9,970thMost Pacifist: 10,035thTop
10%
Most Inclusive: 10,850thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,190thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,213thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,624thNicest Citizens: 12,669thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,917thHealthiest Citizens: 14,424thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,528thMost Cultured: 15,468thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,923rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,665thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,996th
Top
1%
Most Influential: 17th in the regionTop
5%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 177th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 192nd in the regionMost Secular: 246th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 270th in the regionTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 494th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 516th in the regionMost Pacifist: 519th in the regionBest Weather: 522nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 580th in the regionNicest Citizens: 641st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 723rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 737th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 775th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : California but Worse was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : California but Worse's influence in Osiris rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : California but Worse was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : California but Worse lodged a message on the Osiris Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in California but Worse, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money.
  • : Following new legislation in California but Worse, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in California but Worse, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.
  • : Following new legislation in California but Worse, counselors diagnose their clients with motherboard complexes.
  • : Following new legislation in California but Worse, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : California but Worse was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather and the Top 10% for Largest Publishing Industry.

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Endorsements Received: 7 » Lukatonia, Frinotonia, Wymondham, Tethys 13, Swebtartd, Valerievna, and Elyssae.

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