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Most Devout: 270th Most Primitive: 302nd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 486th
The Ghost of Khangates Past of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Om Mani Padme Hum
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Bhikkustan

Population8.985 billion

CapitalSamadhi
LeaderKhang Surevi
FaithBuddhism

CurrencyRopej
AnimalHorse

The Ghost of Khangates Past of Bhikkustan is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Khang Surevi with an iron fist, and remarkable for its aversion to nipples, zero percent divorce rate, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 8.985 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 963 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 744th in the world and 3rd in The Western Isles for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 9,366.07 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Most Devout: 270thMost Primitive: 302ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 486thLargest Welfare Programs: 526thMost Advanced Public Transport: 744thMost Pacifist: 953rdBest Weather: 1,191stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,541stTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,738thNicest Citizens: 1,805thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,856thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,968thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,119thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,737thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,838thMost Cultured: 2,864thHealthiest Citizens: 3,671stLowest Crime Rates: 3,852ndMost Authoritarian: 4,260thMost Influential: 4,693rdMost Conservative: 4,789thLargest Governments: 5,409thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,797thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,381stTop
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Most Inclusive: 8,725thMost Developed: 9,014thMost Extreme: 10,803rdHighest Poor Incomes: 11,120thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,740thMost Income Equality: 15,682ndHighest Economic Output: 15,717thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,084th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Primitive: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the region

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