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The Mysterious Stranger of The Strange Man

“I'm an accountant... in a way.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Iraq

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The Strange Man

Population2.695 billion

Currencydollar
AnimalTop hat

The Mysterious Stranger of The Strange Man is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 2.695 billion Mysteries are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Welfare, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 54.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish a mystery economy, worth 106 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 broadly diversified, is led by the Pizza Delivery industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is 39,492 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Basic multiplication is all you need to know to have a child, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, the government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year, and crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Strange Man's national animal is the Top hat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Strange Man is ranked 162,966th in the world and 11th in Iraq for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 2,003.96 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 19,543rdMost Income Equality: 21,845thMost Primitive: 28,551stMost Cultured: 29,416th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionTop
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Safest: 2nd in the region

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