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The Happy Holidays of The Gold Mines

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Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Just relax

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The Gold Mines

Population4.022 billion

CapitalMushroom City
LeaderEvangeline Sanders

CurrencyGold coin
AnimalGolden kitten

The Happy Holidays of The Gold Mines is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Evangeline Sanders with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 4.022 billion Gold Miners have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mushroom City. The average income tax rate is 63.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gold Miner economy, worth 552 trillion Gold coins a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 137,336 Gold coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Populations of two-headed Golden kittens have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites, calling tech support mid-shootout is a common occurrence, lip-readers are often left perplexed by political rallies, and couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Gold Mines's national animal is the Golden kitten, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

The Gold Mines is ranked 155,815th in the world and 10th in Just relax for Most Beautiful Environments, with 489.27 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 716thTop
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Most Secular: 6,578thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,049thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,541stTop
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Smartest Citizens: 14,824thMost Efficient Economies: 14,937thLargest Retail Industry: 15,061stMost Inclusive: 15,591stLargest Publishing Industry: 16,916thHighest Average Incomes: 17,795thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,403rdMost Advanced Public Education: 18,696thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,981stMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,745thLargest Governments: 22,295thMost Average: 22,677thMost Patriotic: 23,109thHighest Food Quality: 24,460thMost Developed: 24,593rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24,649th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the region

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