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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



Population38.645 billion

LeaderBig Tex

CurrencyFajita Taco

The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Big Tex with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 38.645 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 15,350 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. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 397,219 Fajita Tacoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

NewTexan novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Big Tex, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, and signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés. 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 27,949th in the world and 52nd in Texas for Largest Governments, scoring 22.8 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Stationary: 1stMost Influential: 52ndLargest Populations: 56thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 80thFattest Citizens: 81stLargest Gambling Industry: 131stMost Avoided: 145thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 151stHighest Economic Output: 157thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 172ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 259thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 277thLargest Information Technology Sector: 316thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 317thRudest Citizens: 327thHighest Crime Rates: 356thMost Armed: 370thMost Scientifically Advanced: 372ndLargest Mining Sector: 445thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 462ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 491stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 556thLargest Publishing Industry: 655thHighest Poor Incomes: 699thHighest Average Incomes: 776thMost Cultured: 964thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,009thLargest Retail Industry: 1,055thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,128thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,144thMost Efficient Economies: 1,335thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,619thSmartest Citizens: 1,802ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,934thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,617thLargest Black Market: 2,689thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,638thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,325thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,485thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,659thTop
Most Politically Free: 15,742ndMost Corrupt Governments: 16,515thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,639thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,909th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the region

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