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The Amazing Never-Ending Journey of TAO the Wanderer

“Like a shadow, like a ghost, like vanilla ice cream.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Dunder Mifflin Scranton

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TAO the Wanderer

Population35.282 billion

CapitalThe Beech Beach House
LeaderTAO the Once Omniscient
FaithAnti-marsupialism

Currency09Jun04grumfa
AnimalRing-Tailed Tooter

The Amazing Never-Ending Journey of TAO the Wanderer is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by TAO the Once Omniscient with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, suspicion of poets, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 35.282 billion TAOsian Wanderers are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Education, with Law & Order, Administration, and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Welfare and Healthcare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Beech Beach House. The average income tax rate is 18.1%.

The strong TAO the Wandererian economy, worth a remarkable 3,099 trillion 09Jun04grumfas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Pizza Delivery, Woodchip Exports, and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 87,855 09Jun04grumfas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Ratings for sitcom reruns are often much higher than election debates, sweet-toothed TAOsian Wanderers have been left penniless by the VAT on candy, the Betamax versus VHS debate continues to rage strongly in TAO the Wanderer, and constipated-looking politicians are uptight about potty mouths. Crime is relatively low, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. TAO the Wanderer's national animal is the Ring-Tailed Tooter, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Anti-marsupialism.

TAO the Wanderer is ranked 55,850th in the world and 3rd in Dunder Mifflin Scranton for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 50.99 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Largest Populations: 839thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,302ndTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,009thFattest Citizens: 3,531stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,845thHighest Economic Output: 3,986thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,338thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,636thLargest Black Market: 7,689thTop
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Most Avoided: 10,924thHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,153rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,942ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,391st
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the region

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