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Most Income Equality: 699thMost Pacifist: 5,168thSafest: 7,069th
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Blythland

Population187 million

CurrencyBlythlandic crown
Animalred squirrel

The Republic of Blythland is a very large, genial nation, notable for its absence of drug laws, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 187 million Blythlanders love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 80.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Blythlandic economy, worth 2.61 trillion Blythlandic crowns 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 mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 13,944 Blythlandic crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Soldiers find that home gadgets and power tools are more effective as improvised weapons than the guns they've been issued, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', and a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Blythland's national animal is the red squirrel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Blythland is ranked 123,876th in the world and 1st in Blythlandic Territory for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 40.5 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Income Equality: 699thTop
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Most Pacifist: 5,168thSafest: 7,069thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 11,700thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,721stNicest Citizens: 12,097thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,484thHighest Drug Use: 14,089thMost Politically Free: 14,826thBest Weather: 15,000thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,262ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,011thMost Inclusive: 19,921st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, soldiers find that home gadgets and power tools are more effective as improvised weapons than the guns they've been issued.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, convicted criminals are given free limo rides to jail.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, it ain't easy to be green enough to be imported into Blythland.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, kindergarten teachers with ankle-bracelets are closely supervised by their parole officers.
  • : Following new legislation in Blythland, beaches are empty as the shark population multiplies exponentially.

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