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The Empire of Phantom Nation

“Halls Of Justice Painted Green, Money Talkin'” Lord Boi

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Balder


Phantom Nation

Population3.329 billion

CapitalWaterford City
LeaderLord Boi


The Empire of Phantom Nation is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lord Boi with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 3.329 billion Phantoms 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Waterford City. The average income tax rate is 74.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Phantom economy, worth 502 trillion pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 151,063 pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across Phantom Nation, the country's motorways are surprisingly quiet, fresh food is a thing of the past due to onerous testing standards, and shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Phantom Nation's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Phantom Nation is ranked 20,069th in the world and 1,112th in Balder for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 74.53 Effective Tax Rate.

Rudest Citizens: 5,590thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,146thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,442ndMost Developed: 9,096thLowest Crime Rates: 9,940thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,222ndTop
Most Cultured: 10,830thHealthiest Citizens: 10,869thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,071stSmartest Citizens: 12,268thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,283rdLongest Average Lifespans: 12,330thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,435thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,206thHighest Average Incomes: 13,302ndMost Secular: 13,545thLargest Governments: 13,738thMost Efficient Economies: 14,073rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,673rdHighest Poor Incomes: 14,851stMost Subsidized Industry: 15,081stLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,246thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,660thMost Inclusive: 15,983rdMost Influential: 16,078thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,414thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,872ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,227thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,575thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,585thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,069th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 157th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 203rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 228th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 350th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 445th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 560th in the regionMost Cultured: 574th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 610th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 621st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 624th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 633rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 655th in the regionMost Secular: 658th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 678th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 683rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 684th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 690th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 748th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 749th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 753rd in the region

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