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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,308thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,609thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,184th
The Bamboo Palace of
Left-wing Utopia
Namo Gwan Shi Yin Pu Sa
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Kuan Yin

Population9.814 billion

CapitalLotus Sutra
Leaderperceiving the cries of the world
FaithEast Asian Buddhism

AnimalWhite Parrot

The Bamboo Palace of Kuan Yin is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by perceiving the cries of the world with a fair hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, hatred of cheese, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.814 billion happy beings are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lotus Sutra. The average income tax rate is 96.5%.

The happy being economy, worth 773 trillion Lotuses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 78,772 Lotuses, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Self-driving cars obey the road rules even during emergencies, the state pays for care of easily preventable illnesses, island residents must resort to canoes and sailboats to get to work, and most people suffer from some form of hearing loss. Crime is totally unknown. Kuan Yin's national animal is the White Parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is East Asian Buddhism.

Kuan Yin is ranked 50,831st in the world and 6th in Taiwan for Most Politically Free, scoring 73.9 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Largest Welfare Programs: 1,308thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,609thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,184thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,554thMost Pacifist: 2,762ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,972ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,158thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,351stMost Income Equality: 3,769thNicest Citizens: 3,932ndBest Weather: 3,967thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,604thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,810thMost Inclusive: 4,829thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,928thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,948thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,628thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,923rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,383rdSafest: 6,454thMost Cultured: 6,699thLargest Governments: 7,522ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,554thHealthiest Citizens: 9,819thTop
Smartest Citizens: 14,038thLowest Crime Rates: 14,314thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,794th

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