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Highest Drug Use: 2,523rd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,936th Most Rebellious Youth: 6,965th
The Clearly Mythological Nation of
Left-wing Utopia
The Tao that can be spoken is not the Eternal Tao.
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Squire
Region
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Excessive

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TAO

Population16.562 billion

CapitalThe Beech House and A'batili
LeaderTAO the friend of Nicholas
Faithtaoism and anti-marsupialism

CurrencyMarble of Luna Amore
AnimalPenguin and the Koi fish

The Clearly Mythological Nation of TAO is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by TAO the friend of Nicholas with a fair hand, and notable for its lack of airports, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 16.562 billion Tynese 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 enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Beech House and A'batili. The average income tax rate is 75.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped TAOian economy, worth 577 trillion Marble of Luna Amores a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 34,846 Marble of Luna Amores, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Murderers frequently escape punishment by claiming they were protecting their honour, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun", and there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. TAO's national animal is the Penguin and the Koi fish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is taoism and anti-marsupialism.

TAO is ranked 14,020th in the world and 1st in TAO for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 53.38 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Highest Drug Use: 2,523rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,936thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,965thLargest Populations: 7,633rdMost Politically Free: 7,690thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 8,887thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,547thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,845thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,020thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,429thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,653rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,164th

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