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The Be Best of McMasterdonia

McMasterdonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 151

“Continuity with change!” The Queen Mother

Category: Mother Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The North Pacific



Population16.98 billion

LeaderThe Queen Mother

AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Be Best of McMasterdonia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The Queen Mother with an iron fist, and notable for its conspicuous electricity pylons, smutty television, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 16.98 billion McMasterdonians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Intelligentsia. The average income tax rate is 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient McMasterdonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,686 trillion Livres a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 158,186 Livres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Children seem to be getting better at lying these days, city workers have declared that rolling markets aren't good for business after all, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle", and lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. McMasterdonia's national animal is the McMasterdonian Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

McMasterdonia is ranked 137,395th in the world and 6,250th in The North Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 34.56 on the Rand Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6thMost Influential: 46thMost Valuable International Artwork: 419thTop
Largest Black Market: 3,036thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,039thHealthiest Citizens: 3,355thMost Cultured: 3,385thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,378thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,704thHighest Economic Output: 4,898thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,688thBest Weather: 6,693rdSmartest Citizens: 7,290thMost Developed: 7,385thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,704thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,764thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,126thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,248thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,385thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,905thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,994thLargest Populations: 9,360thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,441stTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 11,288thHighest Average Incomes: 11,782ndLargest Governments: 12,199thMost Secular: 12,679thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,871stMost Inclusive: 13,463rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,983rdHighest Drug Use: 14,301stLowest Crime Rates: 14,580thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,324thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,953rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,171stLargest Welfare Programs: 17,144thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,952ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,425th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 55th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 103rd in the regionLargest Populations: 113th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 138th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 142nd in the regionMost Cultured: 167th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 197th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 256th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 258th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 262nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 270th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 312th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 313th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 337th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 353rd in the regionBest Weather: 360th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 370th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 382nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 409th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 415th in the regionMost Developed: 430th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 433rd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 495th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 521st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 547th in the regionLargest Governments: 581st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 630th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 643rd in the regionMost Secular: 695th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 711th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 715th in the regionMost Stationary: 721st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 759th in the regionMost Inclusive: 770th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 808th in the region

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