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The Indubitable Hexagram 49 of Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters

“Free Collective Improvisation”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: San Diego


Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters

Population13.338 billion


The Indubitable Hexagram 49 of Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, enforced nudity, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.338 billion Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cuttersians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Environment, and Education. The average income tax rate is 68.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cuttersian economy, worth 416 trillion Riots a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Pizza Delivery, and Tourism. Average income is 31,255 Riots, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters recently decided against having a capital city, even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army, and coalition governments are essential to passing new laws. Crime is totally unknown. Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters's national animal is the Watts, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters is ranked 37,113th in the world and 4th in San Diego for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,151.55 Tourists Per Hour.

Nudest: 201stTop
Most Stationary: 6,267thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,868thMost Politically Free: 15,112thMost Income Equality: 16,062ndLargest Populations: 17,749thMost Influential: 19,847th

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