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The Stunning Stucco Strip Malls of The Bigtopia

“If I must fall, I will rise each time as a better man.” Dalinar Kholin

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

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Thaecia

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The Bigtopia

Population4.301 billion

CapitalUrithiru
LeaderDalinar Kholin
FaithVorinism

CurrencySpheres
AnimalSpren

The Stunning Stucco Strip Malls of The Bigtopia is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Dalinar Kholin with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, prohibition of alcohol, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 4.301 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 Urithiru. The average income tax rate is 58.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Bigtopian economy, worth 176 trillion Sphereses 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 41,115 Sphereses, 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 Spren, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Vorinism.

The Bigtopia is ranked 236,705th in the world and 320th in Thaecia for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -11.59 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,492ndBest Weather: 3,918thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,125thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,111thMost Pacifist: 5,890thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,872ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,068thMost Devout: 8,180thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,296thSafest: 9,363rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,635thHealthiest Citizens: 10,388thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,113thNicest Citizens: 11,176thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 13,860thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,137thMost Inclusive: 16,264thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,653rdMost Cultured: 21,478th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 17th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 23rd in the regionSafest: 29th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the region

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