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The Emoticons of Smiley Bob

“Where's my wallet?”

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

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Hollow Point


Smiley Bob

Population23.063 billion

CapitalAvengers Tower


The Emoticons of Smiley Bob is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Danielle with an even hand, and renowned for its public floggings, anti-smoking policies, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 23.063 billion Smilers 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 relatively small government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Social Policy are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Avengers Tower. The average income tax rate is 41.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Smiley economy, worth a remarkable 3,612 trillion pikas a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. 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 an impressive 156,644 pikas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

Solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages, the Smiley Bob Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, advert breaks are played at lower volumes to make them easier to ignore, and old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Smiley Bob's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Smiley Bob is ranked 144,215th in the world and 9th in Hollow Point for Most Extreme, scoring 8.63 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rdMost Cultured: 21stHealthiest Citizens: 34thMost Developed: 49thMost Rebellious Youth: 58thLongest Average Lifespans: 67thMost Beautiful Environments: 69thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 80thMost Cheerful Citizens: 88thBest Weather: 89thMost Advanced Public Education: 146thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 153rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 279thMost Pacifist: 303rdMost Efficient Economies: 311thSmartest Citizens: 376thMost Stationary: 398thLeast Corrupt Governments: 434thNicest Citizens: 479thLargest Welfare Programs: 513thHighest Crime Rates: 516thMost Advanced Public Transport: 522ndMost Inclusive: 985thLargest Governments: 1,259thMost Secular: 1,398thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,494thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,654thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,309thLargest Populations: 3,459thMost Influential: 3,920thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,362ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,203rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10,077thHighest Average Incomes: 11,246thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,161st

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Endorsements Received: 4 » Kornesia, Pikapikastan, Caltof, and The Utes.

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