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Nudest: 1,384th Most Politically Free: 6,736th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,933rd
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Phuture Musick

Population9.125 billion



The Event Horizon of Phuture Musick is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its state-planned economy, enforced nudity, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 9.125 billion Phuture Musickians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imrryr. The average income tax rate is 78.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Phuture Musickian economy, worth 461 trillion Dubloons 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 Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Soda Sales. Average income is 50,577 Dubloons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Convicted felons are forced into slavery for their crimes, children are raised bilingual from an early age, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, and Phuture Musick has designated Imrryr as its capital city. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Phuture Musick's national animal is the Dragonfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Phuture Musick is ranked 95,969th in the world and 2nd in Freedom and Justice Alliance for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.93 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Nudest: 1,384thTop
Most Politically Free: 6,736thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,933rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,944thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8,514thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,690thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,286thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,699th

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