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Most Influential: 773rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,506thMost Devout: 5,875th
The Rogue Nation of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
The Syndicate decides who lives and who dies.
Influence
Squire
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Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Biggles Syndicate

Population8.991 billion

CapitalFission City
LeaderDirk Valence
FaithPresbyterianism

CurrencyBiggie
AnimalParrot

The Rogue Nation of The Biggles Syndicate is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dirk Valence with a fair hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 8.991 billion Syndicaters 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fission City. The average income tax rate is 79.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Biggles Syndicatean economy, worth 994 trillion Biggies a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 110,608 Biggies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, and romantic sunsets are no longer interrupted by explosions and monstrous roars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Biggles Syndicate's national animal is the Parrot, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Presbyterianism.

The Biggles Syndicate is ranked 156,818th in the world and 1,618th in 10000 Islands for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -2.05 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,506thMost Devout: 5,875thSafest: 6,346thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,733rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,616thBest Weather: 8,840thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,671stMost Stationary: 9,815thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,044thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,371stTop
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Most Cultured: 10,498thHealthiest Citizens: 10,590thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,811thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,866thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,026thLowest Crime Rates: 11,036thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,597thMost Developed: 12,738thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,741stHighest Poor Incomes: 13,817thSmartest Citizens: 13,821stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,327thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,404thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,389thLargest Governments: 16,841stHighest Economic Output: 16,866th
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Most Devout: 59th in the regionMost Influential: 64th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 91st in the regionMost Stationary: 93rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 95th in the regionTop
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Safest: 115th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 140th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 146th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 159th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 170th in the regionBest Weather: 171st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 172nd in the regionMost Cultured: 175th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 179th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 192nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 196th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 198th in the regionMost Developed: 199th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 201st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 201st in the regionLargest Populations: 202nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 207th in the region

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