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Most Devout: 11,949thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,709thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,288th
The Prehistoric Tribe of
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Homo sapiens neanderthalensis

Population1.498 billion

CapitalThe Cave
FaithAncient Cult

AnimalWoolly Rhinoceros

The Prehistoric Tribe of Homo sapiens neanderthalensis is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Takkar with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.498 billion Neanderthals enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Defense, Welfare, and Spirituality also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Cave. The average income tax rate is 40.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Neanderthal economy, worth 52.5 trillion Flints 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Tourism, Information Technology, and Pizza Delivery. 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 35,043 Flints, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume, the The Cave Women's Prison Choir now has a baritone section, cloning has been banned, and the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Homo sapiens neanderthalensis's national animal is the Woolly Rhinoceros, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ancient Cult.

Homo sapiens neanderthalensis is ranked 156,065th in the world and 129th in The Hole To Hide In for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 309.28 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Devout: 11,949thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,709thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,288thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,675thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,944thMost Pacifist: 17,868thHighest Drug Use: 18,127thBest Weather: 20,945thMost Income Equality: 21,274thMost Cultured: 22,605th
Highest Drug Use: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13th in the region

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