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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: Power

Location: The Illuminati

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The Bizarre

Population21.016 billion

CapitalDown Town
LeaderErnest Mann
FaithBizarrism

CurrencyTime Credit
Animalmoose

The Badlands Beyond The Brink of The Bizarre is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ernest Mann with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, strictly enforced bedtime, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 21.016 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 1,973 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 6,700th in the world and 2nd in The Illuminati for Largest Populations, with 21.0 billion Capita.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 471stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,341stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,364thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,621stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,039thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,121stTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,434thNicest Citizens: 2,641stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,795thHighest Crime Rates: 3,031stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,409thMost Cultured: 4,019thMost Pacifist: 4,571stMost Influential: 5,426thHealthiest Citizens: 5,875thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,019thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,343rdMost Stationary: 6,628thLargest Populations: 6,700thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,824thSmartest Citizens: 6,997thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,887thBest Weather: 8,019thHighest Economic Output: 8,485thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,155thMost Devout: 10,246thLargest Governments: 11,606thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 17,816thMost Inclusive: 18,499thMost Developed: 18,514thMost Income Equality: 20,330th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the region

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