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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,573rdMost Secular: 2,595thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,803rd
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Sun Wu Kong
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The Sacred Whale

Population3.842 billion

LeaderSun Wu Kong


The Experiment ZX09 of The Sacred Whale is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Sun Wu Kong with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.842 billion Omnivores are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sancrosanct. The average income tax rate is 92.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sacred Whalean economy, worth 641 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 166,977 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Sacred Whale's first free elections in recent memory have been successfully concluded, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, popular websites like NationStates are blocked for "national security", and politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Sacred Whale's national animal is the Crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

The Sacred Whale is ranked 15,116th in the world and 900th in Lazarus for Most Developed, scoring 86.1 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,573rdMost Secular: 2,595thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,803rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,092ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,007thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,033rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,078thSmartest Citizens: 5,213thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,766thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,867thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,893rdLargest Governments: 6,109thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,264thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,274thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,497thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,749thMost Efficient Economies: 6,905thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,057thBest Weather: 7,060thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,189thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,358thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,387thLargest Black Market: 8,864thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,544thHighest Average Incomes: 10,266thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,561stMost Developed: 15,116th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 112th in the regionMost Secular: 129th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 197th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 226th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 264th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 268th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 268th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 279th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 288th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 315th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 316th in the regionLargest Governments: 324th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 330th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 343rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 350th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 362nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 363rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 373rd in the regionTop
Best Weather: 388th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 391st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 392nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 433rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 497th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 504th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 594th in the regionRudest Citizens: 748th in the region

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