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The Free Land of Meaningful Cough


Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: the South Pacific


Meaningful Cough

Population1.668 billion


The Free Land of Meaningful Cough is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic, devout population of 1.668 billion Coughians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government prioritizes Spirituality, although Defense, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while International Aid and Industry aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.9%.

The strong Meaningful Coughian economy, worth 72.7 trillion Coughs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 43,574 Coughs, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 280,842 per year while the poor average 2,731, a ratio of 102 to 1.

Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Meaningful Cough's national animal is the Llama, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Meaningful Cough is ranked 178,505th in the world and 6,644th in the South Pacific for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 7.91 Effective Tax Rate.

Most Extensive Civil Rights: 3,872ndMost Pro-Market: 4,255thMost Politically Free: 4,764thMost Extreme: 5,041stHighest Drug Use: 5,151stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,199thTop
Rudest Citizens: 12,575thLargest Gambling Industry: 12,920thNudest: 13,518thHighest Crime Rates: 18,289thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20,543rdFattest Citizens: 20,573rd
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 18th in the regionMost Politically Free: 28th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 32nd in the regionMost Extreme: 60th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 77th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 86th in the regionRudest Citizens: 327th in the regionNudest: 348th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 375th in the regionTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 424th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 424th in the regionMost Armed: 493rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 525th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 688th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 739th in the regionMost Avoided: 765th in the regionMost Devout: 767th in the region

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