by Max Barry

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Best Weather: 3,555thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,395thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,482nd
The Kingdom of
Left-wing Utopia
Together We Rise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.613 billion

LeaderKing Bakwaas II
FaithFreedom of Thought


The Kingdom of Bakwaas is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Bakwaas II with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, national health service, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.613 billion Bakwaasians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Muskuraane. The average income tax rate is 83.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bakwaasian economy, worth 327 trillion Caps a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 125,179 Caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sexually-starved male dinosaurs terrorise tourists during weekly breakouts from Mesozoic Park, machine-peeled candied grapes come in individual packaging for the busy commuter, the Bakwaasian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, and inter-species marriages are ignored by the government. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bakwaas's national animal is the Carnotaurus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Freedom of Thought.

Bakwaas is ranked 26,190th in the world and 79th in Forest for Most Politically Free, scoring 80 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Best Weather: 3,555thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,395thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,482ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,015thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,180thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,241stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,589thNicest Citizens: 7,117thMost Inclusive: 7,378thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,394thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,486thMost Developed: 8,022ndMost Influential: 8,341stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,607thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,660thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,934thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,098thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,529thMost Secular: 9,806thSmartest Citizens: 9,949thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,282ndTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,518thHealthiest Citizens: 11,590thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,924thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,150thMost Efficient Economies: 12,342ndMost Pacifist: 13,753rdLargest Governments: 13,822ndLargest Publishing Industry: 14,805thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,116thHighest Average Incomes: 20,507thMost Cultured: 20,511th

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