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The First Class Citizens of Stone Age Electricians

“Always act as if you know what you are doing”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Balder

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Stone Age Electricians

Population20.91 billion

FaithTarot and Engineering

CurrencyWire
AnimalElectrical Engineer

The First Class Citizens of Stone Age Electricians is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its lack of airports, infamous sell-swords, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 20.91 billion Stone Age Electriciansians 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Welfare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.9%.

The very strong Stone Age Electriciansian economy, worth a remarkable 1,104 trillion Wires a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, extremely specialized black market in Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 52,836 Wires, with the richest citizens earning 8.1 times as much as the poorest.

Children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts, weighted heels are added to military boots to ensure diminutive celebrities meet minimum requirements, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award, and there's a politician called Male Infant Shakespeare. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stone Age Electricians's national animal is the Electrical Engineer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Tarot and Engineering.

Stone Age Electricians is ranked 151,337th in the world and 6,609th in Balder for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -7.07 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Primitive: 1,048thTop
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Largest Populations: 4,873rdLargest Welfare Programs: 6,397thMost Devout: 6,498thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,589thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,737thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,862ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 8,722ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,434thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,126thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,011thHighest Economic Output: 13,184thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,204th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionMost Primitive: 62nd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 110th in the regionMost Influential: 273rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 354th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 415th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 486th in the regionLargest Black Market: 499th in the regionMost Devout: 499th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 605th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 639th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 657th in the region

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