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The Community of Booksmarts

“Not streetsmart, but Booksmart”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Black Mesa Islands

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The Community of Booksmarts is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The quiet, industrious population of 2.774 billion Booksmartsians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 86.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Booksmartsian economy, worth 258 trillion Words a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 93,317 Words, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The national Police Academies have dedicated infant wings, all tariffs have been abolished, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors, and voting is compulsory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Booksmarts's national animal is the Book, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Booksmarts is ranked 113th in Black Mesa Islands and 101,793rd in the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -3 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 3 days 2 hours ago

  • 2 days 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, voting is compulsory.
  • 4 days ago: Booksmarts was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Moralistic Democracy".
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, all tariffs have been abolished.
  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, the national Police Academies have dedicated infant wings.
  • 12 days ago: Booksmarts was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, the nation is experiencing a severe shortage of sporting events.
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, Amnesty Interregional has condemned Booksmarts for ignoring crimes against humanity.
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, military service is compulsory.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Booksmarts, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway.

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