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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,887thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,917thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,949th
The Borderlands of
Left-wing Utopia
Hmmm...
Adamant Arbiter
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Razorwire

Population6.364 billion

Capitalthe Glitterthorn Towers
LeaderAdamant Arbiter

Currencystarmetal shard
AnimalGiant Flying Aberration

The Borderlands of Razorwire is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Adamant Arbiter with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.364 billion Razians 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.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Glitterthorn Towers. The average income tax rate is 85.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Razorwirean economy, worth 877 trillion starmetal shards a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 137,870 starmetal shards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Most voters only see their chosen representative visit once every election cycle, people faint regularly as they get stuck with compulsory vaccinations, home renovation projects take decades to complete, and excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions. Crime is totally unknown. Razorwire's national animal is the Giant Flying Aberration, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Razorwire is ranked 260,322nd in the world and 6,953rd in Lazarus for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -192.07 on the Hayek Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,887thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,917thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,949thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,056thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,209thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,137thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,711thMost Inclusive: 6,806thNicest Citizens: 6,917thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,052ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,303rdMost Pacifist: 8,150thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,302ndMost Developed: 9,007thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,087thHighest Food Quality: 9,156thSafest: 9,454thSmartest Citizens: 10,284thBest Weather: 11,351stMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,894thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,927thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,945thLargest Governments: 12,266thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,688thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,940thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 14,114thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,984thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,014thLowest Crime Rates: 16,371stMost Cultured: 16,539thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,818thHighest Average Incomes: 18,802ndMost Efficient Economies: 21,108thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,541stHighest Economic Output: 24,876th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 132nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 228th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 237th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 246th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 247th in the regionMost Politically Free: 255th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 272nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 308th in the regionMost Inclusive: 315th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 346th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 366th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 371st in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 409th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 428th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 430th in the regionMost Developed: 458th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 460th in the regionSafest: 505th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 517th in the regionBest Weather: 595th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 617th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 623rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 633rd in the regionLargest Governments: 652nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 662nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 707th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 709th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 744th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Razorwire, excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions.
  • : Following new legislation in Razorwire, home renovation projects take decades to complete.
  • : Razorwire was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Razorwire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Razorwire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Razorwire, people faint regularly as they get stuck with compulsory vaccinations.
  • : Razorwire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Razorwire, most voters only see their chosen representative visit once every election cycle.
  • : Razorwire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Razorwire, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".

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