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Whakl Backs

Population220 million


The Dictatorship of Whakl Backs is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 220 million Whakl Backsians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 43.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Whakl Backsian economy, worth 2.10 trillion marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 9,533 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Whakl Backs's national animal is the cow.

Whakl Backs is ranked 168,642nd in the world and 366th in Forest for Least Corrupt Governments, with 91.19 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Authoritarian: 1,740thTop
Most Extreme: 3,208thMost Conservative: 4,130thMost Income Equality: 6,048thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,432nd
Most Authoritarian: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 9th in the regionMost Income Equality: 20th in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 33rd in the region

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