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The Sleeping Jester of Stone angel

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Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: One big Island

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Stone angel

Population19.663 billion

CapitalAngel City
LeaderJacob
Faithatheist with a god complex

Currencyhalo
Animalgriffin

The Sleeping Jester of Stone angel is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Jacob with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 19.663 billion Stone angelians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Angel City. The average income tax rate is 88.7%.

The strong Stone angelian economy, worth a remarkable 1,297 trillion haloes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Retail, Pizza Delivery, and Book Publishing. Average income is 66,002 haloes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Most foreigners can't name the leader of Stone angel, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept, there's a lot of babies crying for milk in the middle of the day, and oracles predict landslide victories for Jacob for the next 50 years. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stone angel's national animal is the griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is atheist with a god complex.

Stone angel is ranked 201,393rd in the world and 31st in One big Island for Highest Drug Use, scoring 27.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,549thLargest Populations: 7,643rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,722ndLargest Welfare Programs: 9,040thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,890thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 13,691stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,496thMost Stationary: 14,507thLargest Governments: 20,203rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,483rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,593rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,383rdMost Rebellious Youth: 22,663rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23,888th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, oracles predict landslide victories for Jacob for the next 50 years.
  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, there's a lot of babies crying for milk in the middle of the day.
  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, most foreigners can't name the leader of Stone angel.
  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, foreign visitors who show an interest in Stone angelian politics are immediately deported.
  • : Stone angel lodged a message on the One big Island Regional Message Board.
  • : Stone angel was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, oddly simian-looking religious thugs beat up anyone who suggests humans are related to monkeys.
  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, behind every local dictator is a Stone angelian advisor whispering in their ear.
  • : Following new legislation in Stone angel, police pull people off the street for even mentioning the word plane.

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