by Max Barry

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Largest Populations: 7,955thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23,584thLargest Black Market: 25,807th
The Eternal Journey of
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There and back again

Population21.482 billion

LeaderBilbo Baggins


The Eternal Journey of There and back again is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Bilbo Baggins with an even hand, and renowned for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The quiet, industrious population of 21.482 billion Hobbits are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Welfare, although Education and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hobbiton. The average income tax rate is 56.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Hobbitian economy, worth 519 trillion Heres a year, is quite specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 24,202 Heres, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Suit-clad businessmen have been taking advantage of the relaxed welfare qualifications by shopping with food stamps, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles, There and back again has designated Hobbiton as its capital city, and Bilbo Baggins has just been declared ruler of There and back again in an international press conference. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. There and back again's national animal is the badger, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roadcraft.

There and back again is ranked 158,762nd in the world and 2nd in The Confederacy of Unified States for Highest Crime Rates, with 2.93 crimes per hour.

Largest Populations: 7,955thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 23,584thLargest Black Market: 25,807th

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