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The Windows XP Commonwealth of New Bradenia Ghost

“Support Windows XP in any way” Micro Soft

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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New Bradenia Ghost

Population2.531 billion

CapitalNew Glasgow
LeaderMicro Soft
FaithGhost Protestant

CurrencyGhostian Dollar
AnimalBlack hounds

The Windows XP Commonwealth of New Bradenia Ghost is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Micro Soft with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, avant-garde cinema, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.531 billion New Bradenia Ghostians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Glasgow. The average income tax rate is 71.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient New Bradenia Ghostian economy, worth 378 trillion Ghostian Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 149,391 Ghostian Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The nation has always been at war with Bigtopia, there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies, shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned, and Micro Soft's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Bradenia Ghost's national animal is the Black hounds, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ghost Protestant.

New Bradenia Ghost is ranked 83,611th in the world and 3,562nd in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 998.83 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,608thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,088thMost Influential: 3,796thMost Devout: 3,933rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,975thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,049thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,324thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,400thTop
10%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,842ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,189thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,304thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,324thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,420thMost Efficient Economies: 10,054thHealthiest Citizens: 11,319thMost Developed: 11,904thHighest Average Incomes: 12,533rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,690thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,841stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,898thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,946thLargest Governments: 15,212th
Top
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 41st in the regionTop
5%
Most Devout: 80th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 82nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 136th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 138th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 147th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 184th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 185th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 214th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 228th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 245th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 270th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 286th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 287th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 298th in the regionMost Influential: 307th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 309th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 309th in the regionTop
10%
Most Developed: 332nd in the regionLargest Governments: 362nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 364th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 430th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 450th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 453rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 464th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 483rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 540th in the regionNicest Citizens: 551st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 610th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, Micro Soft's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, hordes of gardening enthusiasts are being banished from cities nationwide.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, getting an autograph has become harder than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, organ donation is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bradenia Ghost, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.
  • : New Bradenia Ghost was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : New Bradenia Ghost endorsed The Armed Republic of Narinoland.

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