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The Badlands Beyond The Brink of The Bizarre

“We don't know.” Ernest Mann

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Illuminati

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The Bizarre

Population19.617 billion

CapitalDown Town
LeaderErnest Mann
FaithBizarrism

CurrencyTime Credit
Animalmoose

The Badlands Beyond The Brink of The Bizarre is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ernest Mann with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.617 billion Bizarroes are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — prioritizes Education, although Social Policy, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Down Town. The average income tax rate is 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Bizarrean economy, worth a remarkable 1,841 trillion Time Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 93,884 Time Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest growing field, planespotters are emigrating in droves, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes, and the moose is protected from hunting and slowly coming back from the brink of extinction. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Bizarre's national animal is the moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bizarrism.

The Bizarre is ranked 5,236th in the world and 1st in The Illuminati for Most Influential, scoring 13,138 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 476thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,306thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,372ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,477thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,857thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,080thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 2,376thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,576thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,608thHighest Crime Rates: 2,836thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,015thMost Cultured: 3,934thMost Pacifist: 4,094thMost Influential: 5,236thHealthiest Citizens: 5,469thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,555thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,876thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,254thSmartest Citizens: 6,616thLargest Populations: 6,815thMost Stationary: 6,971stBest Weather: 7,215thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,841stHighest Economic Output: 8,407thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,467thMost Devout: 9,632ndLargest Governments: 10,670thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 16,686thMost Inclusive: 17,876thMost Developed: 17,889thMost Income Equality: 20,009th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the region

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