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The Yoke of Serious Problems

“Why me?” Jurgen das Kiint

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms


Serious Problems

Population37.335 billion

LeaderJurgen das Kiint


The Yoke of Serious Problems is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Jurgen das Kiint with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, hatred of cheese, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 37.335 billion Serious Problemsians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 93.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Serious Problemsian economy, worth a remarkable 2,800 trillion Bullions a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 75,010 Bullions, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Procrastination is a national sport, the government has adopted a more thrifty attitude to administrating the country's needs, Jurgen das Kiint has just been declared ruler of Serious Problems in an international press conference, and civil servants spend most their time carrying out risk assessments for paper cuts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Serious Problems's national animal is the virus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Serious Problems is ranked 225,006th in the world and 6,337th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -23.56 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Populations: 425thLargest Welfare Programs: 617thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,699thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,138thBest Weather: 2,139thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,262ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,120thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,299thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,731stHighest Economic Output: 4,817thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,106thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,463rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,933rdMost Influential: 5,943rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,013thMost Cultured: 7,190thSafest: 8,216thSmartest Citizens: 9,087thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,583rdLowest Crime Rates: 10,763rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,893rdTop
Nicest Citizens: 11,807thMost Pacifist: 13,518thLargest Governments: 13,848thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,416thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,604thMost Rebellious Youth: 17,829thHealthiest Citizens: 20,253rd
Largest Populations: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 52nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 60th in the regionBest Weather: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 76th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 80th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 80th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 97th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 102nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 108th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 120th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 130th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 145th in the regionSafest: 163rd in the regionMost Cultured: 165th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 202nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 206th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 207th in the regionNicest Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Pacifist: 238th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 249th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 259th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 336th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 404th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 418th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 438th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 442nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 527th in the regionMost Developed: 586th in the regionMost Stationary: 603rd in the region

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