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Largest Black Market: 159thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 214thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 314th
The Bionicle Republic of
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Backje

Population14.978 billion

CapitalMetru Nui
LeaderTuraga Dume
Faitha major religion

CurrencyWidgit
AnimalKikanalo

The Bionicle Republic of Backje is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Turaga Dume with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, flagrant waste-dumping, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.978 billion Matoran are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Healthcare, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Metru Nui. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Matoran economy, worth a remarkable 5,600 trillion Widgits 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 amazing 373,899 Widgits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Only government officials may operate computers, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, school lunches are made with hypo-allergenic wood pulp, and flatulent people are left to die of cancer at the end of hospital waiting lists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Backje's national animal is the Kikanalo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is a major religion.

Backje is ranked 595th in the world and 1st in Isolation for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 28,972.93 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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1%
Largest Black Market: 159thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 214thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 314thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 354thLargest Agricultural Sector: 514thMost Subsidized Industry: 580thMost Advanced Public Transport: 592ndLargest Mining Sector: 595thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 667thMost Corrupt Governments: 687thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 710thMost Avoided: 760thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 789thHighest Average Incomes: 883rdMost Devout: 1,124thHighest Economic Output: 1,335thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,685thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,732ndTop
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Largest Governments: 2,622ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,245thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,285thMost Authoritarian: 3,788thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,811thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,012thMost Efficient Economies: 4,107thMost Conservative: 4,499thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,643rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,893rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,005thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,314thTop
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Most Extreme: 9,573rdLargest Populations: 11,545thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,320thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16,753rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,417th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens and the Top 10% for Highest Unexpected Death Rate and Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombified and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Backje was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.

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