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Best Weather: 1,885th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,034th Most Pacifist: 2,075th
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Population3.709 billion



The Free Land of Bytes is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by ByteCommander with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.709 billion Bytesians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Welfare, and Environment also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Byteople. The average income tax rate is 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bytesian economy, worth 579 trillion ByteCoins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 156,118 ByteCoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt, it's surprisingly hard to find pictures of the bad haircuts from ByteCommander's childhood, students abandon classrooms for online education, and garden flower shows rarely smell of roses. Crime is totally unknown. Bytes's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bytheism.

Bytes is ranked 2,186th in the world and 39th in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 8,941.18 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Best Weather: 1,885thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,034thMost Pacifist: 2,075thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,186thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,322ndMost Influential: 2,499thNicest Citizens: 2,563rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,641stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,840thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,925thMost Inclusive: 3,010thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,125thMost Developed: 3,126thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,206thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,250thHealthiest Citizens: 3,275thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,914thSmartest Citizens: 4,342ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,365thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,336thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,555thLargest Governments: 6,206thLowest Crime Rates: 6,598thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,726thSafest: 7,255thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,484thMost Cultured: 7,825thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,927thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 8,775thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,995thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,306thHighest Average Incomes: 11,372ndMost Secular: 12,723rdNudest: 12,860thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,555th
Largest Welfare Programs: 39th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 44th in the regionBest Weather: 52nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 56th in the regionMost Pacifist: 57th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 76th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 79th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 82nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 82nd in the regionMost Developed: 88th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 89th in the regionMost Inclusive: 91st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 92nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 94th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 100th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 107th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 124th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 127th in the regionLargest Governments: 142nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 152nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 157th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 158th in the regionMost Influential: 169th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 174th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 183rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 183rd in the regionMost Cultured: 197th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 205th in the regionSafest: 207th in the regionNudest: 230th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 233rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 261st in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 299th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 329th in the regionMost Stationary: 330th in the regionMost Secular: 397th in the regionLargest Populations: 451st in the regionRudest Citizens: 456th in the region

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