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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,675thLargest Black Market: 3,771stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,327th
The United Kingdom of
Moralistic Democracy Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots
The white tree will blossom.
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Middle Earth

Population14.64 billion

CapitalMinas Tirith
LeaderAragorn II
FaithElfism

CurrencyKings Coin
Animaleagle

The United Kingdom of Middle Earth is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Aragorn II with an even hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 14.64 billion Middle Earthians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Minas Tirith. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 81.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Middle Earthian economy, worth a remarkable 1,766 trillion Kings Coins a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 120,667 Kings Coins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 374,310 per year while the poor average 29,950, a ratio of 12.5 to 1.

Private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots, the nation's image rights are the strictest in the world, mysterious black helicopters menace farmers to ensure compliance with straitjacketing agricultural policies, and government buildings are being cleansed for anything that might have racist connotations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Middle Earth's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Elfism.

Middle Earth is ranked 65,346th in the world and 2,285th in the Rejected Realms for Most Pro-Market, scoring 50.11 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,675thLargest Black Market: 3,771stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,327thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,962ndMost Armed: 6,755thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,578thHighest Economic Output: 7,764thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,814thTop
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Most Devout: 9,287thLargest Populations: 11,887thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,892ndMost Developed: 12,355thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,836thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,982ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,273rdMost Corrupt Governments: 13,787thLargest Governments: 14,121stLargest Mining Sector: 14,548thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,831stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,953rdMost Efficient Economies: 15,839thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,579thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,594th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 59th in the regionLargest Black Market: 109th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 110th in the regionMost Armed: 148th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 159th in the regionMost Devout: 181st in the regionLargest Populations: 189th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 193rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 198th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 205th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 274th in the regionMost Developed: 278th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 295th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 306th in the regionLargest Governments: 324th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 338th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 343rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 351st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 357th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 373rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 377th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 389th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 399th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 400th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 510th in the region

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