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The Rueful Countenance of Scandaland

“I know you are but what am I?”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: Free States of Gaia

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The Rueful Countenance of Scandaland is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Barney Fife with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, intelligent population of 23.875 billion Scandalandians 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is mainly concerned with Education, although the Environment and Social Equality are on the agenda. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort Scandal. The average income tax rate is 100%. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

Politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing, anti-government web sites are springing up, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys, and citizens re-mortgage their homes to buy lottery tickets. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scandaland's national animal is the golden seahorse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is religious freedom, and its currency is the bigbuck.

Scandaland is ranked 3rd in Free States of Gaia and 2,628th in the world for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 302 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 days 21 hours ago

  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, citizens re-mortgage their homes to buy lottery tickets.
  • 3 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • 4 days ago: Scandaland fell out of the regional Top 10% for Nicest Citizens.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing.
  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, people can often be seen driving to work in war-surplus tanks.
  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, the nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms.
  • 10 days ago: Scandaland changed its national motto to "I know you are but what am I?".
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Scandaland, CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears.

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