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The Friendly Backpacker of The Eternal Sightseer

“Moving right along”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: Conch Kingdom


The Eternal Sightseer

Population3.102 billion


The Friendly Backpacker of The Eternal Sightseer is a massive, genial nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The devout population of 3.102 billion Eternal Sightseerians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Spirituality, and Education. The average income tax rate is 50.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Eternal Sightseerian economy, worth 107 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Automobile Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 34,698 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, Harry Potter books are banned, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public, and the Eternal Sightseerian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Eternal Sightseer's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Eternal Sightseer is ranked 43,069th in the world and 140th in Conch Kingdom for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,109.16 Tourists Per Hour.

Most Primitive: 13,306thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,036thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,652nd
Most Primitive: 13th in the region

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