by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,912thMost Income Equality: 20,956thBest Weather: 23,916th
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Caretakers and Clockwatchers

Population36 million


The Dominion of Caretakers and Clockwatchers is a small, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its ban on automobiles, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The quiet, industrious population of 36 million Caretakers and Clockwatchersians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 67.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The fragile Caretakers and Clockwatchersian economy, worth 733 billion rubes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 20,380 rubes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Candidates make campaign speeches at the funerals of former rivals, workers for the environmental protection agency are patted down for tartar sauce every morning, national parks have long lines of different gender-specific 'Porta-Pottys', and some members of Parliament are illiterate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Caretakers and Clockwatchers's national animal is the Piglet, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Caretakers and Clockwatchers is ranked 20,956th in the world and 92nd in Refugia for Most Income Equality, scoring 78.58 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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