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The Ghosts of Xmas Past

“A Nation is for life not just Christmas”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Kingdom of Burgundy

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Xmas Past

Population22.727 billion

Currencyholly
Animalivy

The Ghosts of Xmas Past is a gargantuan, efficient nation, notable for its frequent executions, complete lack of prisons, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 22.727 billion Xmas Pastians 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 35.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Xmas Pastian economy, worth a remarkable 1,613 trillion hollies a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Uranium Mining, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 70,986 hollies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Some of the country's most famous photographers are animals, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication, there's a bright dawn ahead for Xmas Past, and business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Xmas Past's national animal is the ivy, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Xmas Past is ranked 128,905th in the world and 3rd in The Kingdom of Burgundy for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 57.12 on the Hayek Index.

Top
5%
Most Primitive: 3,169thLargest Populations: 4,822ndLargest Black Market: 4,980thMost Stationary: 8,180thHighest Economic Output: 9,917thTop
10%
Most Avoided: 13,730thLargest Gambling Industry: 15,171stMost Subsidized Industry: 15,982ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,289thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,751stMost Influential: 20,099thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,327th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Xmas Past, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions.
  • : Following new legislation in Xmas Past, there's a bright dawn ahead for Xmas Past.
  • : Following new legislation in Xmas Past, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Following new legislation in Xmas Past, some of the country's most famous photographers are animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Xmas Past, the nation's once beautiful countryside has turned brown as farmers spray potent pesticides.
  • : Xmas Past was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Xmas Past was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Xmas Past was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output and the Top 10% for Most Influential.
  • : Xmas Past's influence in The Kingdom of Burgundy fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Xmas Past's influence in The Kingdom of Burgundy rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".

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