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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,061stMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,116thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,964th
The Blue Dreamer of
Democratic Socialists
Singing in the Wind
Queen Eloise
Influence
Shoeshiner
Speaker
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Chimes

Population10.449 billion

CapitalChimes City
LeaderQueen Eloise
Faitha major religion

Currencywind
Animalchime

The Blue Dreamer of Chimes is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Queen Eloise with an even hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, humorless, devout population of 10.449 billion Chimesians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chimes City. The average income tax rate is 93.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Chimesian economy, worth a remarkable 1,030 trillion winds 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is 98,620 winds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense, the number of children one can have is restricted by law, panicking criminals no longer flush contraband down the toilet, and the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chimes's national animal is the chime, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a major religion.

Chimes is ranked 15,561st in the world and 331st in the Rejected Realms for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,480.57 Tourists Per Hour.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,061stMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,116thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,964thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,225thMost Pacifist: 4,648thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,733rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,525thSafest: 5,994thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,509thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,699thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,070thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,141stLargest Governments: 10,144thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 11,185thLowest Crime Rates: 12,881stHighest Poor Incomes: 14,996thMost Inclusive: 15,254thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,561stHealthiest Citizens: 15,970thBest Weather: 16,516thHighest Economic Output: 16,519thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,910thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,090thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,048thMost Developed: 18,546thMost Income Equality: 19,182ndHighest Drug Use: 20,677thMost Cultured: 21,135thMost Influential: 21,516th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 32nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 47th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 87th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 91st in the regionSafest: 134th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 141st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 182nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 190th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 212th in the regionLargest Governments: 234th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 245th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 247th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 263rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 279th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 281st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 298th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 318th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 330th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 331st in the regionBest Weather: 364th in the regionMost Influential: 365th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 367th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 376th in the regionMost Developed: 391st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 396th in the regionMost Cultured: 423rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 438th in the regionLargest Populations: 441st in the regionMost Income Equality: 458th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 619th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Chimes was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Chimes, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in Chimes, panicking criminals no longer flush contraband down the toilet.
  • : Following new legislation in Chimes, the number of children one can have is restricted by law.
  • : Following new legislation in Chimes, claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense.
  • : Chimes was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Chimes was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Chimes, a video of Queen Eloise wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news.
  • : Following new legislation in Chimes, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Chimes, popular candidates who don't suffer last-second political scandals tend to get fished out of the Chimes City River.

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