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The Altered States of Sparkadooby

“A happy nation is a stoned nation”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific



Population13.533 billion

CapitalThe Big Munch
LeaderCutmeownthroat Dibbler

AnimalBleary Eyed Gekko

The Altered States of Sparkadooby is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Cutmeownthroat Dibbler with a fair hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, frequent executions, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 13.533 billion Sparkadoobyians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Big Munch. The average income tax rate is 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Sparkadoobyian economy, worth a remarkable 1,229 trillion Reefers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 90,847 Reefers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue", the government officially wants you to slow down and speak more clearly, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all, and the government is ignoring the latest terrorist atrocities in The Big Munch for fear of causing a fuss. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sparkadooby's national animal is the Bleary Eyed Gekko, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sparkadooby is ranked 167,803rd in the world and 6,898th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -13.27 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 978thTop
Best Weather: 1,823rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,336thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,846thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,030thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,351stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,941stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,993rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,013thSafest: 4,063rdMost Pacifist: 4,073rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,350thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,987thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,575thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,395thMost Influential: 7,063rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,856thTop
Nicest Citizens: 8,539thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,961stMost Cultured: 8,975thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,052ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,247thLargest Governments: 10,708thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,731stHighest Economic Output: 11,610thLowest Crime Rates: 11,737thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,822ndLargest Populations: 13,517thMost Inclusive: 16,701st
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 56th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 58th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 78th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 86th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 114th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 119th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 123rd in the regionSafest: 124th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 134th in the regionLargest Populations: 138th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 139th in the regionMost Pacifist: 145th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 170th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 196th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 202nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 205th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 238th in the regionMost Cultured: 246th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 272nd in the regionLargest Governments: 276th in the regionNicest Citizens: 293rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 324th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 326th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 363rd in the regionMost Developed: 520th in the regionMost Influential: 561st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 580th in the regionMost Inclusive: 581st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 584th in the regionMost Stationary: 631st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 636th in the region

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