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Most Stationary: 2,638thMost Devout: 3,962ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,851st
The Knight-errant of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Tilting at windmills
Influence
Contender
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Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Quixote

Population19.882 billion

CapitalLa Mancha
LeaderSancho Panza
Faithchivalry

CurrencyCervantes
AnimalRocinante

The Knight-errant of Quixote is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Sancho Panza with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.882 billion Dons Quixotes are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of La Mancha. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 37.2%.

The frighteningly efficient quixotic economy, worth a remarkable 2,892 trillion Cervanteses 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 145,479 Cervanteses, with the richest citizens earning 7.7 times as much as the poorest.

There's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies, women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft, Sancho Panza's perky ego is the talk of the town, and the needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Quixote's national animal is the Rocinante, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is chivalry.

Quixote is ranked 7,140th in the world and 12th in Seinfeld for Most Patriotic, with 51.87 flags saluted per person per day.

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Most Stationary: 2,638thTop
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Most Devout: 3,962ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,851stLargest Black Market: 5,108thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,774thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,882ndHighest Economic Output: 5,988thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,883rdMost Patriotic: 7,140thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,349thMost Influential: 10,008thLargest Populations: 10,636thHealthiest Citizens: 13,081stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,182ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,619thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 14,206thHighest Average Incomes: 16,447thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,204thLowest Crime Rates: 18,368thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,083rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19,197thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,475thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,595thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,832ndMost Efficient Economies: 23,845thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,957th
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Most Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Quixote was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, Highest Wealthy Incomes, and Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, the needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, Sancho Panza's perky ego is the talk of the town.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Quixote was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, the new airport at Mr. Giles' farm is panicking his sheep.
  • : Following new legislation in Quixote, glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide.

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