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The United Kingdom of English Bob

“I am not Spanish Robert”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Catlandatopia

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English Bob

Population18.794 billion

Currencypound
Animallion

The United Kingdom of English Bob is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 18.794 billion English Bobians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Healthcare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 52.9%.

The English Bobian economy, worth 867 trillion pounds 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 Trout Farming, Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Pizza Delivery. 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 46,179 pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Elections have been outlawed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. English Bob's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

English Bob is ranked 93,714th in the world and 16th in Catlandatopia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 322.38 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Stationary: 2,488thLargest Populations: 6,043rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,839thTop
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Largest Black Market: 10,441stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,689thHighest Economic Output: 16,823rd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Average: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the region

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  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : English Bob was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.

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