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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,572ndMost Rebellious Youth: 21,497th
The Sultanate of
Father Knows Best State
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله La ilaha ilallah
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Al Buraq

Population385 million

CurrencyArac Dinar
AnimalRoyal Tiger of Bengal

The Sultanate of Al Buraq is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its anti-smoking policies, prohibition of alcohol, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 385 million Buraqstanis are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Welfare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 17.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Al Buraqian economy, worth 15.7 trillion Arac Dinars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 40,746 Arac Dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Blind dates reemerge as a necessary evil in the quest for love, single celebrities have to repeatedly prove their chastity to avoid being married off to infatuated fans, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward, and government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Al Buraq's national animal is the Royal Tiger of Bengal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Al Buraq is ranked 148,578th in the world and 94th in Greater Middle East for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 470.84 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,572ndMost Rebellious Youth: 21,497th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Al Buraq's influence in Greater Middle East rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Al Buraq's influence in Greater Middle East rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Al Buraq's influence in Greater Middle East rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Al Buraq published "Applicant Lettet" (Meta: Reference).
  • : Al Buraq voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Voting Equality for Freed Inmates"".
  • : Al Buraq voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Honeydewistania".
  • : Al Buraq withdrew its vote on the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Honeydewistania".
  • : Al Buraq voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Honeydewistania".
  • : Al Buraq's influence in Greater Middle East rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Al Buraq, government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes.

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