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The Animal Magnetism Engine of Stone Age Electricians

“Ceci n'est pas un motto”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: The North Pacific

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Stone Age Electricians

Population22.614 billion

FaithTarot and Engineering

CurrencyWire
AnimalElectrical Engineer

The Animal Magnetism Engine of Stone Age Electricians is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its infamous sell-swords, compulsory military service, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 22.614 billion Stone Age Electriciansians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

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 83.4%.

The very strong Stone Age Electriciansian economy, worth a remarkable 1,221 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 54,018 Wires, with the richest citizens earning 8.1 times as much as the poorest.

Everyone suspects that everyone else is a terrorist, women across the country are tying the knot, songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti, and the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle. 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 144,270th in the world and 6,271st in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 42.1 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Primitive: 1,565thTop
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Largest Populations: 4,745thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,864thMost Devout: 7,152ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,242ndLargest Welfare Programs: 7,703rdLargest Black Market: 9,840thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,664thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,878thHighest Economic Output: 13,612thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,987thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,553rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,115thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,891st
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Largest Populations: 49th in the regionMost Primitive: 75th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 248th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 265th in the regionMost Devout: 287th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 352nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 380th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 443rd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 518th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 522nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 565th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 869th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 883rd in the region

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