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The Can of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise Normal
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Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Excellent

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SillyString

Population15.766 billion

Currencybit of string
AnimalSeal

The Can of SillyString is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 15.766 billion SillyStringians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 82.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient SillyStringian economy, worth 671 trillion bits of string a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Pizza Delivery, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 42,598 bits of string, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, Jennifer Government is a bestseller, and jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. SillyString's national animal is the Seal, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

SillyString is ranked 55,885th in the world and 2,511th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 61.9 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 862ndTop
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Best Weather: 5,756thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,452ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,135thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,041stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,056thTop
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Most Pacifist: 10,898thLargest Populations: 11,690thMost Influential: 11,712thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,294thMost Inclusive: 12,352ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,567thNicest Citizens: 12,720thMost Cultured: 14,822ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,798thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,257thHealthiest Citizens: 16,550thLeast Corrupt Governments: 18,371stSafest: 19,052ndSmartest Citizens: 19,199thNudest: 19,643rdLongest Average Lifespans: 19,933rd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 115th in the regionLargest Populations: 148th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 286th in the regionBest Weather: 319th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 331st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 352nd in the regionNudest: 447th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 491st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 542nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 603rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 650th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 690th in the regionNicest Citizens: 692nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 705th in the regionMost Cultured: 715th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 717th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 788th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 819th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 845th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 959th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : SillyString's influence in The North Pacific fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Inclusive and Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates and the Top 10% for Largest Governments.
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : SillyString's influence in The North Pacific fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pacifist and the Top 10% for Longest Average Lifespans and Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : SillyString was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.

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