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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,930th Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,335th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,382nd
The People's Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
From the sea, prosperity
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Bay

Population280 million

CapitalPoquom

CurrencyBule
AnimalBottlenose Dolphin

The People's Republic of The Bay is a huge, genial nation, notable for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 280 million Bayians 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, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Poquom. The average income tax rate is 76.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Bayian economy, worth 20.8 trillion Bules 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 Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 74,451 Bules, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, and extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Bay's national animal is the Bottlenose Dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Bay is ranked 16,681st in the world and 536th in the South Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 53.38 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,930thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,335thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,382ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,200thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,294thMost Influential: 7,998thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,086thNicest Citizens: 8,331stTop
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Most Pacifist: 10,333rdMost Inclusive: 11,710thSafest: 11,728thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,061stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,706thMost Income Equality: 14,737thBest Weather: 15,536thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,681stHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,757th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 117th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 193rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 226th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 275th in the regionNicest Citizens: 285th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 288th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 311th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 374th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 386th in the regionMost Inclusive: 415th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 419th in the regionSafest: 427th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 464th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 481st in the regionBest Weather: 488th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 519th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 524th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 536th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 543rd in the regionMost Secular: 564th in the regionMost Influential: 573rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 576th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 588th in the regionLargest Governments: 599th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 603rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 608th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 613th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 666th in the region

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