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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 490th Largest Gambling Industry: 705th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 973rd
The Future of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
There's hope for the future, Better Times ahead
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Better Times

Population23.711 billion

CapitalTimesCity
LeaderMrTimes
FaithAtheism

CurrencyEuro
AnimalLeeuw

The Future of Better Times is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by MrTimes with an even hand, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 23.711 billion Better Timesians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of TimesCity. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Better Timesian economy, worth a remarkable 3,773 trillion Euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Book Publishing, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 159,161 Euros, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 451,820 per year while the poor average 44,783, a ratio of 10.1 to 1.

Tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread, citizens are prohibited from raising their voice above thirty decibels in commercial districts, the upper class have been throwing riots after hunting was recently banned, and gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Better Times's national animal is the Leeuw, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Atheism.

Better Times is ranked 12,656th in the world and 6th in Vlaanderen for Highest Drug Use, scoring 107.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 490thLargest Gambling Industry: 705thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 973rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,432ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,487thTop
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Most Stationary: 1,559thHighest Crime Rates: 1,655thMost Efficient Economies: 1,742ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,030thHighest Economic Output: 2,268thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,551stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,770thMost Armed: 3,188thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,208thFattest Citizens: 3,314thLargest Black Market: 3,429thLargest Populations: 3,451stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,635thMost Avoided: 3,872ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,956thMost Influential: 7,032ndTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,760thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,442ndRudest Citizens: 8,609thMost Cultured: 8,884thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,368thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,400thHighest Average Incomes: 10,657thHighest Drug Use: 12,656thSmartest Citizens: 12,714th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, the upper class have been throwing riots after hunting was recently banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, citizens are prohibited from raising their voice above thirty decibels in commercial districts.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti.
  • : Better Times was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Better Times, rare art has become a significant factor in negotiating all foreign trade agreements.

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