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The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas

NewTexas was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 131

“Home of Big Tex! You Want Cheese On That?”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Texas



Population38.176 billion

LeaderBig Tex

CurrencyFajita Taco

The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Big Tex with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 38.176 billion NewTexans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of NewAustin. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient NewTexan economy, worth an astonishing 15,169 trillion Fajita Tacoes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Book Publishing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 397,369 Fajita Tacoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

Artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece, the entirety of Big Tex's administration can be crammed into a phone booth, spontaneous nocturnal decapitation is considered 'death by natural causes' for enemies of NewTexas, and the only way to escape lengthy prison terms is in a body bag. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. NewTexas's national animal is the Armadillo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

NewTexas is ranked 98,196th in the world and 152nd in Texas for Most Developed, scoring 55.77 on the Human Development Index.

Most Stationary: 1stLargest Populations: 56thMost Influential: 59thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 77thFattest Citizens: 77thLargest Gambling Industry: 134thMost Avoided: 135thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 148thHighest Economic Output: 155thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 171stHighest Disposable Incomes: 255thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 268thRudest Citizens: 304thLargest Information Technology Sector: 311thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 312thMost Armed: 351stHighest Crime Rates: 351stMost Scientifically Advanced: 367thLargest Mining Sector: 432ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 456thMost Valuable International Artwork: 518thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 541stLargest Publishing Industry: 668thHighest Average Incomes: 751stMost Cultured: 971stLargest Retail Industry: 1,041stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,056thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,091stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,150thMost Efficient Economies: 1,336thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,339thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,629thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,786thSmartest Citizens: 1,794thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,586thLargest Black Market: 2,956thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,774thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,196thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,494thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,482ndNudest: 9,061stTop
Most Politically Free: 12,447thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,112thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,352ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,477th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionNudest: 10th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Extreme: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the region

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