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Most Devout: 246th Most Primitive: 294th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 476th
The Ghost of Khangates Past of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Om Mani Padme Hum
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population8.088 billion

LeaderKhang Surevi


The Ghost of Khangates Past of Bhikkustan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Khang Surevi with an iron fist, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, national health service, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 8.088 billion Bhikkustanis 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Samadhi. The average income tax rate is 91.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bhikkustani economy, worth 867 trillion Ropejs a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 107,213 Ropejs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, frat-house partying has become the national pastime, criminals are often a few steps ahead of law enforcement, and God took rock and roll from you, took rock and roll from everyone. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bhikkustan's national animal is the Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Buddhism.

Bhikkustan is ranked 476th in the world and 2nd in The Western Isles for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 19,441.68 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Most Devout: 246thMost Primitive: 294thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 476thLargest Welfare Programs: 550thMost Advanced Public Transport: 806thMost Pacifist: 922ndBest Weather: 1,151stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,630thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,647thTop
Nicest Citizens: 1,744thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,832ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,900thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,073rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,697thMost Cultured: 2,907thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,987thMost Influential: 3,229thHealthiest Citizens: 3,648thLowest Crime Rates: 3,691stMost Authoritarian: 3,793rdMost Conservative: 4,410thLargest Governments: 5,389thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,008thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,255thMost Extreme: 8,571stTop
Most Inclusive: 8,747thMost Developed: 9,002ndMost Stationary: 9,444thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,790thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,363rdMost Income Equality: 14,751stMost Subsidized Industry: 15,105thHighest Economic Output: 16,036th
Most Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 7th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 12th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionMost Income Equality: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bhikkustan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Bhikkustan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Bhikkustan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Bhikkustan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Bhikkustan lodged a message on the The Western Isles Regional Message Board.
  • : Bhikkustan altered its national flag.
  • : Bhikkustan changed its national animal to "Horse", its capital to "Samadhi", its currency to "Ropej", its demonym to "Bhikkustani", its demonym adjective to "Bhikkustani", its faith to "Buddhism", its leader to "Khang Surevi", its motto to "Om Mani Padme Hum", and its nation type to "Ghost of Khangates Past".
  • : Bhikkustan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Bhikkustan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Bhikkustan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.


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