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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 92nd Most Advanced Public Transport: 117th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 123rd
The Communist Territory of
New York Times Democracy
If at first you don't succeed, you aren't us
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Basra

Population17.547 billion

CapitalThe City of Townsville
LeaderMark Izatov
FaithWorshipers of Thomas Hobbs

CurrencyCredit
AnimalKoala

The Communist Territory of Basra is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Mark Izatov with a fair hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, sprawling nuclear power plants, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 17.547 billion Basrans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The City of Townsville. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Basran economy, worth a remarkable 4,014 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Cheese Exports. Average income is an amazing 228,785 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Frustrated women are overjoyed at the provision of communal washing machines, dozens of viewers go online to hear whether a comma has been added to Clause 5 in Subsection B of Law 58375, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road, and court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Basra's national animal is the Koala, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Worshipers of Thomas Hobbs.

Basra is ranked 24,532nd in the world and 16th in The United Ascendancy for Most Cultured, scoring 78 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 92ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 117thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 123rdMost Beautiful Environments: 264thBest Weather: 286thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 295thHighest Average Tax Rates: 351stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 384thLargest Governments: 407thMost Developed: 428thLowest Crime Rates: 496thHealthiest Citizens: 503rdLongest Average Lifespans: 511thSafest: 547thMost Advanced Public Education: 731stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 998thSmartest Citizens: 1,435thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1,783rdHighest Economic Output: 2,173rdRudest Citizens: 2,364thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,344thHighest Average Incomes: 3,878thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,199thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,486thMost Secular: 7,068thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,128thLargest Populations: 7,176thMost Inclusive: 7,357thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 16,090th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Basra, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point.
  • : Basra was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, dozens of viewers go online to hear whether a comma has been added to Clause 5 in Subsection B of Law 58375.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, frustrated women are overjoyed at the provision of communal washing machines.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, soldiers find that home gadgets and power tools are more effective as improvised weapons than the guns they've been issued.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Basra, a degree in Mark Izatov Science with a Minor in Awesomeology starts many political careers.

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