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Largest Welfare Programs: 9thMost Advanced Public Education: 24thLeast Corrupt Governments: 63rd
The People's Republic of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Get up for the down stroke
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Crooked Beat

Population36.942 billion

LeaderStar Child

CurrencyPyramid
AnimalUnfunky UFO

The People's Republic of The Crooked Beat is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Star Child with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 36.942 billion Crooked Beatians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Welfare, Social Policy, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order aren't funded at all. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Crooked Beatian economy, worth an astonishing 10,115 trillion Pyramids a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 273,827 Pyramids, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sleeping on the job is recommended, the comic book series 'Star Child and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed, and it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage. Crime is totally unknown. The Crooked Beat's national animal is the Unfunky UFO, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Crooked Beat is ranked 271,260th in the world and 8th in A Modern World for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -2126.23 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 9thMost Advanced Public Education: 24thLeast Corrupt Governments: 63rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 74thMost Rebellious Youth: 103rdNicest Citizens: 115thMost Compassionate Citizens: 120thMost Cheerful Citizens: 173rdMost Pacifist: 182ndMost Cultured: 228thHighest Average Tax Rates: 270thSmartest Citizens: 326thLargest Publishing Industry: 373rdHighest Food Quality: 378thMost Developed: 423rdHealthiest Citizens: 431stLargest Governments: 438thLongest Average Lifespans: 469thMost Advanced Public Transport: 475thSafest: 478thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 535thHighest Economic Output: 597thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 630thMost Inclusive: 674thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 732ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 752ndMost Beautiful Environments: 782ndHighest Poor Incomes: 976thLargest Populations: 1,299thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,330thLowest Crime Rates: 1,401stBest Weather: 1,915thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 3,012thMost Efficient Economies: 3,885thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,248thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,284thMost Influential: 9,494thNudest: 11,145thTop
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Most Secular: 14,752ndMost Income Equality: 18,481stMost Patriotic: 18,957thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,961stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24,104th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, the comic book series 'Star Child and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, sleeping on the job is recommended.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, sea side cafes are required by law to close during summer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, the new 'Who Wants To Be A Politician' election debate auditions are more popular than the debates themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, the nation's beloved 'good-natured doormat' is inundated by begging letters.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, calling dibs is an unalienable right.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber.
  • : Following new legislation in The Crooked Beat, museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin.

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