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Highest Crime Rates: 1,391stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,497thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,916th
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Big Bad Badger

Population12.838 billion

CapitalMad Town
LeaderMr Badger

CurrencyBones
AnimalWild Turkey

The Rockin in the Free World of Big Bad Badger is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Mr Badger with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 12.838 billion Big Bad Badgerians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mad Town. The average income tax rate is 15.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Big Bad Badgerian economy, worth a remarkable 1,748 trillion Boneses a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,203 Boneses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Supervisors in Big Bad Badger commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, and consuming ecstasy is a common rite of passage. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Big Bad Badger's national animal is the Wild Turkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Big Bad Badger is ranked 47,657th in the world and 1,137th in the West Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 76.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Highest Crime Rates: 1,391stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,497thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,916thMost Cultured: 2,044thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,206thTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 2,561stMost Beautiful Environments: 2,731stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,639thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,862ndRudest Citizens: 4,361stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,735thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,070thMost Inclusive: 5,310thMost Armed: 7,276thSmartest Citizens: 7,762ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,776thBest Weather: 7,894thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,206thLargest Black Market: 8,356thHighest Economic Output: 9,654thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,175thTop
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Most Influential: 12,168thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,357thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,342ndMost Secular: 14,562ndHighest Average Incomes: 17,778thNicest Citizens: 18,300thLargest Populations: 21,042nd
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Most Rebellious Youth: 29th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 33rd in the regionMost Cultured: 41st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 43rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 45th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 50th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 75th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 96th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 96th in the regionMost Armed: 99th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 100th in the regionRudest Citizens: 109th in the regionLargest Black Market: 118th in the regionMost Inclusive: 127th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 155th in the regionLargest Populations: 159th in the regionBest Weather: 169th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 172nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 201st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 202nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 211th in the regionNudest: 245th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 282nd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 306th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 330th in the regionMost Secular: 335th in the regionMost Stationary: 360th in the regionMost Influential: 402nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 497th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 506th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 523rd in the region

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