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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 374thMost Advanced Public Education: 432ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 602nd
The Snarky Solar Observer of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
I know I believe in nothing but it is my nothing
Salvor Hardin
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Bhang Bhang Duc

Population35.382 billion

CapitalFour Ecks
LeaderSalvor Hardin
FaithDrinking Brains SA


The Snarky Solar Observer of Bhang Bhang Duc is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Salvor Hardin with an even hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, absence of drug laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 35.382 billion Lovecraftians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Administration, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Four Ecks. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Bhang Bhang Ducian economy, worth a remarkable 5,247 trillion Zevons 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 major contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 148,311 Zevons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves, families burn Salvor Hardin's latest official photograph to keep warm, Slark is one of the most popular forenames in Bhang Bhang Duc, and large-girthed charity workers assign themselves healthy wages for their work with starving children. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bhang Bhang Duc's national animal is the Slark, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Drinking Brains SA.

Bhang Bhang Duc is ranked 1,610th in the world and 24th in the West Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 3,767.42 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 374thMost Advanced Public Education: 432ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 602ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 902ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 993rdMost Pacifist: 1,152ndMost Secular: 1,418thMost Developed: 1,437thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,610thLargest Populations: 1,631stLargest Welfare Programs: 1,693rdMost Inclusive: 1,696thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,715thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,780thHealthiest Citizens: 1,942ndBest Weather: 1,977thHighest Economic Output: 2,304thSmartest Citizens: 2,305thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,427thTop
Highest Food Quality: 2,724thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,729thLargest Governments: 3,538thMost Influential: 3,680thNicest Citizens: 4,853rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,048thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,058thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,681stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,441stMost Efficient Economies: 8,584thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,765thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,122ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,200thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,397thTop
Safest: 14,063rdHighest Average Incomes: 15,604thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,786thMost Cultured: 19,997thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,026thHighest Drug Use: 23,936thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25,478th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 18th in the regionMost Pacifist: 21st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 24th in the regionMost Secular: 26th in the regionMost Developed: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 28th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 29th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 30th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 30th in the regionBest Weather: 30th in the regionMost Inclusive: 31st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 37th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 39th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 39th in the regionLargest Governments: 50th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 55th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 84th in the regionMost Influential: 91st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 100th in the regionNicest Citizens: 110th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 116th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 123rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 132nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 138th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 157th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 183rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 229th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 244th in the regionTop
Safest: 345th in the regionMost Cultured: 388th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 396th in the regionLargest Black Market: 421st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 524th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 635th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 649th in the region

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