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The Lake Superior Wreck of The Bigtopia

“But the gales of November remembered” Jed Bartlet

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

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Thaecia

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The Bigtopia

Population2.468 billion

CapitalSnowmouth
LeaderJed Bartlet
FaithThe Pursuit of Happiness

CurrencyGalleon
AnimalEndbringer

The Lake Superior Wreck of The Bigtopia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Jed Bartlet with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.468 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snowmouth. The average income tax rate is 76.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Bigtopian economy, worth 87.7 trillion Galleons a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 35,546 Galleons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

They say that Bigtopians made a dessert and called it peace, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs, and there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Bigtopia's national animal is the Endbringer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Pursuit of Happiness.

The Bigtopia is ranked 111,427th in the world and 239th in Thaecia for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,244.51 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,030thTop
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Most Influential: 2,791stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,030thBest Weather: 5,828thMost Pacifist: 6,941stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,340thMost Devout: 8,684thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,671stTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,944thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,971stHealthiest Citizens: 13,477thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,672ndSafest: 13,983rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,743rdNicest Citizens: 15,822ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,238thMost Inclusive: 17,719thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,231stMost Cultured: 20,672nd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 15th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 21st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 30th in the regionMost Stationary: 31st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 36th in the region

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