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Safest: 16,703rdMost Pacifist: 21,081stMost Income Equality: 22,955th
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Biladu Al Rafidayn

Population749 million


CurrencyMesopotamian Shekel

The Republic of Biladu Al Rafidayn is a huge, genial nation, notable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 749 million Biladu Al Rafidaynians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Najaf. The average income tax rate is 67.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Biladu Al Rafidaynian economy, worth 14.2 trillion Mesopotamian Shekels a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Furniture Restoration, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 19,002 Mesopotamian Shekels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father, members of majority races are forced out of their homes to make way for Bigtopians, gun regulations are so strict even staple guns and hot glue guns are illegal, and the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Biladu Al Rafidayn's national animal is the lion, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Biladu Al Rafidayn is ranked 124,412th in the world and 16th in 2070 RP Region for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 68.48 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Safest: 16,703rdMost Pacifist: 21,081stMost Income Equality: 22,955th
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the region

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