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Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: Birb


Nero Played the Fiddle While Rom Burned

Population4.654 billion


The This Nation is On Fire Wow of Nero Played the Fiddle While Rom Burned is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, parental licensing program, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-working, cynical population of 4.654 billion Nero Played the Fiddle While Rom Burnedians 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Healthcare, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.2%.

The Nero Played the Fiddle While Rom Burnedian economy, worth 212 trillion kronor a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 45,637 kronor, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 145,130 per year while the poor average 10,926, a ratio of 13.3 to 1.

Delivery truck companies use hospital parking lots to store 16-wheelers, a ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect, devotion to God is only skin-deep, and the needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nero Played the Fiddle While Rom Burned's national animal is the swan, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Nero Played the Fiddle While Rom Burned is ranked 40,861st in the world and 824th in Birb for Largest Black Market, with 4.05 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 5,713thMost Primitive: 10,756th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 50th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 53rd in the regionMost Primitive: 139th in the regionNicest Citizens: 149th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 205th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 221st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 256th in the region

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