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The Queen's State of Rodeo Girl

“Home Town Girl”

Category: Tyranny by Majority
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: World


Rodeo Girl

Population24.466 billion


The Queen's State of Rodeo Girl is a gargantuan, safe nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 24.466 billion Rodeo Girlians enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 71.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Rodeo Girlian economy, worth 92.1 trillion betales a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 3,764 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

An underground movement of cigarette smokers has sprung up in response to a government ban, families are only permitted to have one child, the mining industry has taken a hit from tighter environmental regulations, and otherwise healthy people are being sent to internment camps because they have VODAIS. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rodeo Girl's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rodeo Girl is ranked 169,335th in the world and 7th in World for Most Pro-Market, scoring -100 on the Rand Index.

Most Income Equality: 74thTop
Largest Populations: 3,350thTop
Most Extreme: 11,665thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,837thMost Conservative: 13,138thMost Politically Free: 15,541stSafest: 16,559th

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