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The Teetering Bookshelves of The New Bluestocking Homeland

“To Learn, To Nourish, To Live!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Forest

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The New Bluestocking Homeland

Population12.374 billion

CapitalLibertad
LeaderDear Librarian

CurrencyBiblio
AnimalOwl

The Teetering Bookshelves of The New Bluestocking Homeland is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Dear Librarian with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, rampant corporate plagiarism, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 12.374 billion Bluestockings 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.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Libertad. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Homelandist economy, worth a remarkable 1,489 trillion Biblios a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 120,411 Biblios, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pedal-powered removal vans are a popular Maxxmas gift for the children of separated parents, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, Homelandist tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation, and producers insist that movie stars wear crash helmets in every scene. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The New Bluestocking Homeland's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The New Bluestocking Homeland is ranked 20,154th in the world and 149th in Forest for Most Secular, with 57.46 Atheism Rate.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 932ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 968thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,106thMost Influential: 1,544thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,587thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,752ndMost Pacifist: 1,825thNicest Citizens: 2,008thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,047thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,131stBest Weather: 2,280thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,627thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,640thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,682ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,734thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,958thHealthiest Citizens: 3,229thMost Inclusive: 3,344thMost Cultured: 3,410thSafest: 3,463rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,720thMost Developed: 3,743rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,237thLowest Crime Rates: 5,006thLargest Governments: 5,359thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,081stSmartest Citizens: 7,164thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,700thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,910thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,408thHighest Economic Output: 11,969thTop
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Most Stationary: 16,694thMost Income Equality: 17,759thMost Efficient Economies: 18,246thMost Secular: 20,154thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,329thHighest Average Incomes: 23,390thLargest Populations: 23,434th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 34th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 36th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 42nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 43rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 45th in the regionMost Pacifist: 47th in the regionMost Stationary: 48th in the regionNicest Citizens: 49th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 49th in the region

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