The Shekel for an Ex-Leper Guv of
Democratic Socialists
I know I believe in nothing, but it is my nothing
Le Chromosphere
Regional Influence
Duckspeaker
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Shekel for an Ex-Leper Guv of Bhang Bhang Duc is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Le Chromosphere with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 23.487 billion Bhangians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Four Ecks. The average income tax rate is 93.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Bhang Bhang Ducian economy, worth 180 trillion pingus a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, extremely specialized black market in Book Publishing and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 7,700 pingus, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, businesses are forced to bring all work back within the nation's borders, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, and the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bhang Bhang Duc's national animal is the sofa sloth, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Drinking Brains S A.

Bhang Bhang Duc is ranked 125th in the West Pacific and 8,022nd in the world for Lowest Crime Rates, scoring 219.386 on the Relative Freedom From Crime Index.

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