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Most Valuable International Artwork: 191stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,238thHighest Economic Output: 9,361st
The Fantastic Field Marshal of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
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Ever-Wandering Souls

Population13.959 billion



The Fantastic Field Marshal of Ever-Wandering Souls is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its smutty television, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 13.959 billion Survivors have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctuary. The average income tax rate is 82.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming a Survivor economy, worth a remarkable 1,616 trillion Tales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 115,805 Tales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Major cities are suffering under water rationing, it's been a banner year for local vexillology, the nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves, and home renovation shows are increasingly popular. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ever-Wandering Souls's national animal is the Mongrel, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ever-Wandering Souls is ranked 224,588th in the world and 872nd in The Black Hawks for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -149.57 on the Hayek Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 191stTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,238thHighest Economic Output: 9,361stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,866thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,931stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,935thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,806thMost Stationary: 13,447thLargest Governments: 13,716thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,015thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,044thLargest Populations: 14,850thMost Inclusive: 15,149thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,269thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,349thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,175thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,285thLowest Crime Rates: 17,742ndSafest: 17,800thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,935thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,267thMost Cultured: 21,511th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 30th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionSafest: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 36th in the regionMost Influential: 43rd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 46th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 49th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 50th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 52nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 57th in the regionMost Average: 58th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 58th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 60th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 61st in the regionMost Developed: 62nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 69th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 70th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 75th in the regionMost Secular: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 83rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 84th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 84th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 88th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 89th in the region

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