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The Bureaucratic Nightmare of Papermania

“We need more paper.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Nowthappenin

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Papermania

Population1.041 billion

CapitalFoolscap
LeaderSir Humphrey Appleby
FaithHidden Hand

Currencypaper
AnimalOrigami Swan

The Bureaucratic Nightmare of Papermania is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Sir Humphrey Appleby with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 1.041 billion Papermanians 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 medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Foolscap. The average income tax rate is 51.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Papermanian economy, worth 143 trillion papers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 137,781 papers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Euthanasia is illegal, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious, and idyllic countryside scenes see border collies herding sixty-ton dinosaurs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Papermania's national animal is the Origami Swan, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Hidden Hand.

Papermania is ranked 105,540th in the world and 15th in Nowthappenin for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 112.69 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 4,917thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,480thLargest Retail Industry: 6,978thMost Developed: 9,795thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,000thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 12,780thLowest Crime Rates: 14,029thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,409thMost Secular: 15,659thHealthiest Citizens: 16,324thHighest Average Incomes: 16,721stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,004thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,525thMost Efficient Economies: 17,907thHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,446thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,454thSafest: 19,624thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,661stMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,067thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,097th
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Healthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
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Safest: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, idyllic countryside scenes see border collies herding sixty-ton dinosaurs.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, extreme hiring regulations mean a job in Papermania is often a lifetime appointment.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, the tax agency is feared more than serial killers and terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in Papermania, the Snapgram channel "Embarrassing Baby Sir Humphrey Appleby Pics" has made Sir Humphrey Appleby's mom a celebrity.

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