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The Pale Shadow of New Old New New York

“☆ Setting the pace since 4 June 2004☆” Librarian

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: Philosophy 115

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New Old New New York

Population31.688 billion

CapitalBeinecke Library
LeaderLibrarian

CurrencyIrish gold coin
AnimalWeekly Reader

The Pale Shadow of New Old New New York is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Librarian with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 31.688 billion Readers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Beinecke Library. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Reading economy, worth a remarkable 9,190 trillion Irish gold coins a year, is highly specialized and dominated by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 290,017 Irish gold coins, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

Family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries, scientists recently cloned the long-extinct feather-bellied Weekly Reader, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, and people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler'. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. New Old New New York's national animal is the Weekly Reader, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

New Old New New York is ranked 15,922nd in the world and 9th in Philosophy 115 for Most Extreme, scoring 34.19 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 3rdHighest Crime Rates: 3rdMost Armed: 5thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6thMost Rebellious Youth: 24thMost Cultured: 31stSmartest Citizens: 140thMost Developed: 173rdMost Beautiful Environments: 189thLongest Average Lifespans: 215thMost Cheerful Citizens: 227thHighest Economic Output: 359thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 462ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 672ndRudest Citizens: 719thLargest Gambling Industry: 855thLargest Populations: 973rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,076thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,117thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,145thLargest Black Market: 1,413thHighest Drug Use: 1,518thMost Efficient Economies: 1,583rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,696thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 1,833rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,955thMost Politically Free: 2,030thMost Devout: 2,162ndMost Influential: 2,379thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,078thBest Weather: 3,861stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3,950thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,261stNudest: 6,283rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,729thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,845thLargest Governments: 14,339thMost Extreme: 15,922nd
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the region

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