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The Emoticons of Smiley Bob is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Danielle with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, rampant corporate plagiarism, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 15.724 billion Smilers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Avengers Tower. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Smiley economy, worth a remarkable 1,868 trillion pikas 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, extremely specialized black market in Book Publishing. 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 an impressive 118,830 pikas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Referenda are held for every conceivable government action, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, sex offenders find themselves cut off from the ability to repeat their crimes, and most people suffer from some form of hearing loss. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Smiley Bob's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Smiley Bob is ranked 2nd in Hollow Point and 124,553rd in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -22 on the Hayek Index.

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