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The Experiment ZX09 of The Sacred Whale

“Nothing Matters Unless It Matters” Sun Wu Kong

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus

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The Sacred Whale

Population3.807 billion

CapitalSancrosanct
LeaderSun Wu Kong
FaithAtheism

CurrencyCredit
AnimalCrow

The Experiment ZX09 of The Sacred Whale is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Sun Wu Kong with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and national health service. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.807 billion Omnivores are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sancrosanct. The average income tax rate is 92.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sacred Whalean economy, worth 635 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 166,977 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Sacred Whale's first free elections in recent memory have been successfully concluded, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, popular websites like NationStates are blocked for "national security", and politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Sacred Whale's national animal is the Crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

The Sacred Whale is ranked 202,064th in the world and 7,323rd in Lazarus for Least Corrupt Governments, with 40.92 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,581stMost Secular: 2,601stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,804thHealthiest Citizens: 4,077thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,023rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,029thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,089thSmartest Citizens: 5,206thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,742ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,845thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,857thLargest Governments: 6,122ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,259thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,286thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,481stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,729thMost Efficient Economies: 6,895thBest Weather: 7,049thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,064thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,164thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,232ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,340thLargest Black Market: 8,865thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,503rdHighest Average Incomes: 10,256thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,579thMost Developed: 15,098th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 113th in the regionMost Secular: 130th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 195th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 234th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 263rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 265th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 274th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 277th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 306th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 318th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 329th in the regionLargest Governments: 335th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 342nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 343rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 356th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 368th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 375th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 386th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 390th in the regionBest Weather: 390th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 397th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 432nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 496th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 514th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 597th in the regionRudest Citizens: 748th in the region

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