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Most Stationary: 1,086th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,107th Largest Populations: 5,397th
The Dark Designs of
Benevolent Dictatorship
If We Can't Do It, No One Can!
Regional Influence
Superpower
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Dark Designs of Alien Space Bats is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 16.568 billion Alien Space Bats enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The medium-sized, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, with Defense, Spirituality, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare isn't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 26.4%.

The very strong batty economy, worth a remarkable 1,027 trillion Jonbar Hinges 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, broadly diversified black market in Gambling, Automobile Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. 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 62,016 Jonbar Hinges, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 265,953 per year while the poor average 9,256, a ratio of 28.7 to 1.

Bicyclists are banned from major roads, the police force is on a recruitment drive, Alien Space Bats's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, and all recreational drugs are legal. Crime is moderate. Alien Space Bats's national animal is the Deus Ex Machina, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Alien Space Bats is ranked 164,339th in the world and 2nd in Somewhere Out There for Most Income Equality, scoring 3.48 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,107thLargest Populations: 5,397thMost Influential: 5,691stLargest Black Market: 7,150thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 10,031stHighest Drug Use: 10,729thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,928thMost Extreme: 12,255thLargest Gambling Industry: 14,995thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,372ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,293rd

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