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The Altered States of Sparkadooby

“A happy nation is a stoned nation”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Sparkadooby

Population15.271 billion

CapitalThe Big Munch
LeaderCutmeownthroat Dibbler

CurrencyReefer
AnimalBleary Eyed Gekko

The Altered States of Sparkadooby is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Cutmeownthroat Dibbler with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 15.271 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 Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Big Munch. The average income tax rate is 94.1%.

The powerhouse Sparkadoobyian economy, worth a remarkable 1,426 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 93,386 Reefers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, oxygen is commonly known as 'breathinium', foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election", and politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back. 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 2,265th in the world and 64th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 8,774.8 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 946thBest Weather: 1,807thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,265thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,701stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,780thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,974thMost Influential: 3,463rdMost Pacifist: 3,718thSafest: 3,742ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,804thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,970thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,972ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,225thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,309thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,645thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,662ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,200thMost Cultured: 8,451stLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,590thNicest Citizens: 8,907thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,194thLargest Governments: 10,225thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 10,752ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,899thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,171stHighest Economic Output: 11,354thLargest Populations: 13,031stMost Subsidized Industry: 13,572ndMost Inclusive: 16,931stSmartest Citizens: 17,807thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,672nd
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 27th in the regionBest Weather: 59th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 64th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 66th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 78th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 83rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 114th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 123rd in the regionSafest: 126th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 128th in the regionLargest Populations: 138th in the regionMost Pacifist: 139th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 147th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 169th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 211th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 211th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 232nd in the regionMost Cultured: 241st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 256th in the regionLargest Governments: 277th in the regionNicest Citizens: 306th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 309th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 323rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 345th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 395th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 411th in the regionMost Influential: 422nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 434th in the regionMost Stationary: 454th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 540th in the regionMost Inclusive: 614th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 644th in the regionMost Developed: 657th in the region

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