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The United Nations of New Giggles Town

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs” Rawb

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder


New Giggles Town

Population5.719 billion

CapitalFinal Talon

CurrencyGold coin

The United Nations of New Giggles Town is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Rawb with an even hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and feral children. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.719 billion New Giggles Townians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Final Talon. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient New Giggles Townian economy, worth 709 trillion Gold coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 124,070 Gold coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods, diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm, the tenet of free speech is held dear, and teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Giggles Town's national animal is the Kolbold, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hinduism.

New Giggles Town is ranked 172,212th in the world and 6,299th in Balder for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -4.88 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,597thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,836thTop
Best Weather: 2,160thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,506thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,623rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,794thNicest Citizens: 2,860thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,597thMost Pacifist: 3,722ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,139thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,199thNudest: 4,569thMost Cultured: 4,981stMost Inclusive: 5,457thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,666thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,145thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,206thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,362ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,001stLongest Average Lifespans: 8,343rdMost Developed: 8,882ndHealthiest Citizens: 9,003rdLargest Governments: 9,644thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,666thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 11,012thSmartest Citizens: 11,631stLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,074thMost Influential: 12,560thMost Secular: 13,578thLowest Crime Rates: 14,881stMost Efficient Economies: 16,671stMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,094thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,689thHighest Average Incomes: 20,801st
Most Valuable International Artwork: 35th in the regionBest Weather: 65th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 98th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 101st in the regionNicest Citizens: 112th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 118th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 122nd in the regionMost Influential: 131st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 137th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 167th in the regionNudest: 172nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 198th in the regionMost Cultured: 211th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 225th in the regionMost Inclusive: 241st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 287th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 400th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 405th in the regionMost Developed: 428th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 445th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 451st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 475th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 500th in the regionLargest Governments: 504th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 514th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 599th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 608th in the regionMost Secular: 651st in the region

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