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The Sleeping Giant Inn of Witchcraft and Sorcery

“Magic really does exist!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Witchcraft and Sorcery

Population16.19 billion

CapitalNight Vale
LeaderMayor Cardinal
Faithnever looking back

Currencycosine
Animalmysterious hooded figure

The Sleeping Giant Inn of Witchcraft and Sorcery is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Mayor Cardinal with a fair hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, unlimited-speed roads, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 16.19 billion listeners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Night Vale. The average income tax rate is 94.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Witchcraft and Sorceryian economy, worth a remarkable 2,075 trillion cosines a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 128,208 cosines, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, monocled merchants with funny accents are applying for Witchcraft and Sorceryian citizenship in droves, and religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs. Crime is totally unknown. Witchcraft and Sorcery's national animal is the mysterious hooded figure, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is never looking back.

Witchcraft and Sorcery is ranked 51,484th in the world and 2,178th in the South Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 26.34 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,280thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,347thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,650thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,062ndTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,806thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,603rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,689thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,925thNicest Citizens: 4,151stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,628thMost Cultured: 4,669thMost Influential: 4,885thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,161stMost Advanced Public Education: 5,316thMost Pacifist: 5,403rdMost Devout: 5,722ndBest Weather: 5,949thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,513thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,603rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,891stHealthiest Citizens: 6,939thHighest Economic Output: 7,006thMost Developed: 7,126thLargest Governments: 7,142ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,828thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,185thNudest: 9,017thSmartest Citizens: 9,737thMost Efficient Economies: 9,871stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,529thLargest Populations: 10,630thMost Inclusive: 11,704thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,134thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,714thMost Politically Free: 16,107thHighest Drug Use: 18,481stHighest Average Incomes: 19,360thSafest: 19,698th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 36th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 37th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 52nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 53rd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 94th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 103rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 128th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 129th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 133rd in the regionMost Cultured: 134th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 137th in the regionNicest Citizens: 141st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 146th in the regionMost Devout: 151st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 152nd in the regionLargest Governments: 182nd in the regionBest Weather: 188th in the regionMost Pacifist: 193rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 197th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 202nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 209th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 215th in the regionMost Developed: 221st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 227th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 259th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 267th in the regionNudest: 289th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 302nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 338th in the regionMost Politically Free: 351st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 368th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 378th in the regionMost Inclusive: 390th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 461st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 540th in the regionMost Influential: 541st in the regionSafest: 786th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 831st in the region

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