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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 110th Most Subsidized Industry: 720th Largest Black Market: 792nd
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
We Ride Together, We Die Together
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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The Empire of Crazy Firemen is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Firefighter Clemente with an even hand, and notable for its avant-garde cinema, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 15.367 billion Crazy Firemenians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seagrave. The average income tax rate is 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Crazy Firemenian economy, worth a remarkable 2,127 trillion Brotherhoods a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 138,468 Brotherhoods, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, the derisively named "Morlocks of Moria" futilely demand time in the sun, Crazy Firemen's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand, and the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Crazy Firemen's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Crazy Firemen is ranked 32,867th in the world and 842nd in the Rejected Realms for Most Authoritarian, with 0.75 Stalins.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 110thMost Subsidized Industry: 720thLargest Black Market: 792ndTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 1,681stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,704thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,860thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,597thMost Influential: 4,003rdHighest Economic Output: 4,022ndMost Devout: 4,557thLowest Crime Rates: 4,768thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,050thLargest Populations: 6,227thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,272ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,009thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,118thLargest Governments: 7,269thMost Stationary: 7,281stTop
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Most Developed: 7,744thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,858thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,726thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,890thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,406thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,850thRudest Citizens: 12,541stHealthiest Citizens: 12,746thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,529thHighest Average Incomes: 13,822ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,911thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,854thSafest: 14,958th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 30th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 41st in the regionMost Influential: 42nd in the regionMost Stationary: 68th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 80th in the regionMost Devout: 86th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 92nd in the regionLargest Populations: 93rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 102nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 109th in the regionLargest Governments: 122nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 123rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 125th in the regionMost Developed: 133rd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 161st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 161st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 161st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 167th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 171st in the regionRudest Citizens: 182nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 200th in the regionSafest: 210th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 221st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 235th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 251st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 254th in the regionBest Weather: 264th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Crazy Firemen voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Enabling The Disabled In Academia".
  • : Crazy Firemen was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Crazy Firemen, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning.
  • : Following new legislation in Crazy Firemen, Crazy Firemen's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand.
  • : Following new legislation in Crazy Firemen, the derisively named "Morlocks of Moria" futilely demand time in the sun.
  • : Following new legislation in Crazy Firemen, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in Crazy Firemen, the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Crazy Firemen, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Crazy Firemen, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Crazy Firemen was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.

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