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Best Weather: 3,586thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,407thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,524th
The Kingdom of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
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Population2.5 billion

LeaderKing Bakwaas II
FaithFreedom of Thought


The Kingdom of Bakwaas is a massive, genial nation, ruled by King Bakwaas II with a fair hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, national health service, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.5 billion Bakwaasians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Muskuraane. The average income tax rate is 83.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bakwaasian economy, worth 311 trillion Caps a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 124,526 Caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sexually-starved male dinosaurs terrorise tourists during weekly breakouts from Mesozoic Park, machine-peeled candied grapes come in individual packaging for the busy commuter, the Bakwaasian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, and inter-species marriages are ignored by the government. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bakwaas's national animal is the Carnotaurus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Freedom of Thought.

Bakwaas is ranked 187,450th in the world and 308th in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -9.26 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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