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Most Rebellious Youth: 478thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,342ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,432nd
The Badlands Beyond The Brink of
Left-wing Utopia
We don't know.
Ernest Mann
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The Bizarre

Population23.291 billion

CapitalDown Town
LeaderErnest Mann

CurrencyTime Credit

The Badlands Beyond The Brink of The Bizarre is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ernest Mann with a fair hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, hatred of cheese, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 23.291 billion Bizarroes 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — prioritizes Education, although Social Policy, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Down Town. The average income tax rate is 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Bizarrean economy, worth a remarkable 2,186 trillion Time Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 93,884 Time Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest growing field, planespotters are emigrating in droves, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes, and the moose is protected from hunting and slowly coming back from the brink of extinction. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Bizarre's national animal is the moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bizarrism.

The Bizarre is ranked 78,806th in the world and 2nd in The Illuminati for Most Extreme, scoring 24.92 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Rebellious Youth: 478thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,342ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,432ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,092ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,249thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,387thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,446thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 2,848thNicest Citizens: 2,967thHighest Crime Rates: 3,034thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,720thMost Cultured: 4,160thMost Pacifist: 4,594thMost Influential: 5,508thMost Stationary: 5,898thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,946thLargest Populations: 6,325thHealthiest Citizens: 6,502ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,682ndSmartest Citizens: 7,273rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,604thBest Weather: 7,703rdLargest Publishing Industry: 8,413thHighest Economic Output: 8,578thHighest Food Quality: 9,373rdMost Devout: 11,414thLargest Governments: 12,194thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,327thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,012thMost Inclusive: 19,381stMost Developed: 19,794thMost Income Equality: 24,314th
Most Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the region

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