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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,041stMost Influential: 3,151stLargest Welfare Programs: 3,995th
The Alter Ego Asylum of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Long Live Boltor! Errr Bolter!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Bolter

Population12.652 billion

Capitalthe Central Blanket Fortress Asylum
LeaderBolty

CurrencyTaco
AnimalDragon

The Alter Ego Asylum of Bolter is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Bolty with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.652 billion Bolterians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Central Blanket Fortress Asylum. The average income tax rate is 90.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Bolterian economy, worth a remarkable 1,040 trillion Tacoes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 82,227 Tacoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Former bars are desperately trying to re-brand themselves as cafés, school plays were recently banned due to concerns of child endangerment, Bolter is notorious for its citizens' infidelity, and the government is constantly producing new maps to accommodate the continual renaming of cities. Crime is totally unknown. Bolter's national animal is the Dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Bolter is ranked 24,847th in the world and 340th in 10000 Islands for Lowest Crime Rates, with 77.09 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,041stMost Influential: 3,151stLargest Welfare Programs: 3,995thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,422ndBest Weather: 4,523rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,584thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,591stMost Pacifist: 4,788thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,176thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,849thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,077thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,207thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,244thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,686thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,752ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,499thSafest: 9,078thMost Cultured: 9,705thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,545thNicest Citizens: 10,572ndLongest Average Lifespans: 10,669thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,953rdSmartest Citizens: 11,186thHealthiest Citizens: 14,142ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,715thHighest Economic Output: 16,125thLargest Governments: 16,679thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,369thLargest Populations: 18,747th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 50th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 67th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 74th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 77th in the regionBest Weather: 89th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 90th in the regionMost Pacifist: 94th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 94th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 97th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 108th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 108th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 113th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 126th in the regionMost Influential: 128th in the regionLargest Populations: 138th in the regionSafest: 156th in the regionMost Cultured: 161st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 165th in the regionMost Stationary: 171st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 183rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 190th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 194th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 195th in the regionNicest Citizens: 204th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 214th in the regionLargest Governments: 214th in the region

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