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The Cinder and Smoke of Tim Stark

“You'll ask me to pray for rain”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Tim Stark

Population14.851 billion

CapitalSaltlandia
LeaderTim Stark
FaithSalt

CurrencyDenarius
AnimalFishmonger

The Cinder and Smoke of Tim Stark is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Tim Stark with an even hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, public floggings, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 14.851 billion Saltians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saltlandia. The average income tax rate is 73.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Tim Starkian economy, worth 874 trillion Denarii a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, and Retail. Average income is 58,867 Denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails', printing out government documents requires the approval of at least three admins, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, and religion is strictly forbidden within school grounds. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tim Stark's national animal is the Fishmonger, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Salt.

Tim Stark is ranked 103,399th in the world and 4,380th in The East Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 41.61 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Influential: 928thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,330thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,083rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,647thTop
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Largest Populations: 11,078thMost Average: 13,280thBest Weather: 15,248th
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Most Influential: 38th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 91st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 111th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 188th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 260th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 331st in the regionTop
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Most Average: 420th in the regionBest Weather: 446th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 473rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 476th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 509th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 522nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 594th in the regionNicest Citizens: 612th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 623rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 634th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 653rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 663rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 663rd in the region

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