by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,964th Most Advanced Public Transport: 5,372nd Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,703rd
The Oppressed Peoples of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
This is test. Had this been an actual issue...
Influence
Shoeshiner
Texas Representative Council
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Issues Test Bed

Population6.299 billion

CapitalGround Zero
LeaderFrank Luntz

CurrencySilver Dollar
AnimalAlaskan Malamute

The Oppressed Peoples of Issues Test Bed is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Frank Luntz with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, complete lack of prisons, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working population of 6.299 billion Issues Test Bedians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ground Zero. The average income tax rate is 78.3%.

The all-consuming Issues Test Bedian economy, worth 467 trillion Silver Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Furniture Restoration, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 74,187 Silver Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's endangered species are no longer endangered, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials, government crews work tirelessly to retake the suburbs from organized packs of raccoons, and cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Issues Test Bed's national animal is the Alaskan Malamute, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Issues Test Bed is ranked 99,776th in the world and 104th in Texas for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 763.43 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,964thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,372ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,703rdTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 10,698thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,998thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,440thLargest Black Market: 12,994thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,303rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,243rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,663rdMost Secular: 16,337thBest Weather: 16,647th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the region

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