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Most Valuable International Artwork: 299thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,636thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,401st
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The Gold Mines

Population5.076 billion

CapitalGold City
LeaderRobert

CurrencyGolden Coin
AnimalGolden Kitten

The April Showers May Flowers of The Gold Mines is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Robert with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 5.076 billion Gold Miners have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gold City. The average income tax rate is 71.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gold Miner economy, worth 780 trillion Golden Coins a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 153,757 Golden Coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Children grow up long before the paperwork for their lemonade stands can be sorted out, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest, and mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Golden Kittens and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Gold Mines's national animal is the Golden Kitten, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Gold Mines is ranked 5,401st in the world and 3rd in Just relax for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 528.59 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,636thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,401stMost Secular: 7,682ndMost Efficient Economies: 9,205thMost Developed: 10,258thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,056thLargest Retail Industry: 11,182ndSmartest Citizens: 11,661stMost Inclusive: 13,317thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 14,310thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,548thMost Patriotic: 15,676thLargest Governments: 16,092ndMost Advanced Public Education: 16,978thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,722ndHealthiest Citizens: 18,882ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,918thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,305thLowest Crime Rates: 19,385thMost Average: 20,369thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,402ndHighest Food Quality: 22,500thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,562nd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the region

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