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The Stunning Stucco Strip Malls of The Bigtopia

“Joy Cometh In The Morning” Jed Bartlet

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

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: Thaecia

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The Bigtopia

Population3.87 billion

CapitalSnowmouth
LeaderJed Bartlet
FaithThe Pursuit of Happiness

CurrencyGalleon
AnimalPangolin

The Stunning Stucco Strip Malls of The Bigtopia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Jed Bartlet with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 3.87 billion Bigtopians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snowmouth. The average income tax rate is 60.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Bigtopian economy, worth 159 trillion Galleons a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 41,309 Galleons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children aren't allowed to chew their pencils until they get home from school, heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes, and all Bigtopians love the taste of self-sufficiency. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Bigtopia's national animal is the Pangolin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Pursuit of Happiness.

The Bigtopia is ranked 13,137th in the world and 41st in Thaecia for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 9,397.04 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Influential: 1,579thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,665thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,818thBest Weather: 4,060thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,360thMost Pacifist: 5,846thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,236thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,786thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,856thMost Devout: 8,160thSafest: 9,293rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,189thHealthiest Citizens: 10,197thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,982ndNicest Citizens: 11,008thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 13,137thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,994thMost Inclusive: 16,159thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,377thMost Cultured: 21,475th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 17th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 19th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 19th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24th in the regionSafest: 24th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 33rd in the region

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