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Most Primitive: 1,499th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,561st Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,900th
The Free Land of
Left-wing Utopia
Mysterious and/or Obscure
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Weak
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Free Land of Strange Strangers is a very large, socially progressive nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 102 million Strangers 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 Spirituality, Administration, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 43.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Strange Stranger economy, worth 2.55 trillion Tex-Mex Euro Kronin Coin of Valued Metals 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Basket Weaving, Pizza Delivery, and Automobile Manufacturing. 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 25,009 Tex-Mex Euro Kronin Coin of Valued Metals, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Depression sinks in after each election when voters realize they are stuck with these people for years, excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions, glamping Strangers won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi, and environmental officials dismiss uncontrolled wildfires burning down major cities as nature taking its course. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Strange Strangers's national animal is the Green Spotted Flightless Purple Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Strange Strangers is ranked 1,499th in the world and 3rd in Texas for Most Primitive, scoring 138.49 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Primitive: 1,499thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,561stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,900thMost Devout: 4,720thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 9,652ndBest Weather: 10,814thMost Income Equality: 11,340thMost Politically Free: 12,102ndHighest Drug Use: 12,271stMost Rebellious Youth: 14,776th
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Most Primitive: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Strange Strangers changed its national nation type to "Free Land".
  • : Following new legislation in Strange Strangers, environmental officials dismiss uncontrolled wildfires burning down major cities as nature taking its course.
  • : Following new legislation in Strange Strangers, glamping Strangers won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Following new legislation in Strange Strangers, excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions.
  • : Strange Strangers was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Following new legislation in Strange Strangers, depression sinks in after each election when voters realize they are stuck with these people for years.
  • : Following new legislation in Strange Strangers, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.
  • : Following new legislation in Strange Strangers, government-run screening operations remove embryos with severe genetic disorders.
  • : Strange Strangers was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Following new legislation in Strange Strangers, conspiracy theorists allege that the government is spying on them through their carbon monoxide detectors.

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