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Least Corrupt Governments: 8,548thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 20,794thMost Cultured: 20,943rd
The Theocracy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
God, Homeland, Liberty
Influence
Enforcer
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Barquala

Population876 million

CapitalJesi

Currencylira
Animalpenguin

The Theocracy of Barquala is a huge, safe nation, notable for its pith helmet sales, compulsory military service, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 876 million Barqualans 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, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jesi. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Barqualan economy, worth 88.7 trillion lire a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 101,305 lire, with the richest citizens earning 5.9 times as much as the poorest.

The meaning of life was recently discovered in the patch notes for Version 1.42, road rage is rarer but more terminal now that many people drive fully-operational battle tanks to work, neon signs promoting safe driving often distract drivers, and shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barquala's national animal is the penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Barquala is ranked 162,949th in the world and 11th in The United Nations of Relative Logic for Fattest Citizens, with 9.43 Obesity Rate.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 8,548thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 20,794thMost Cultured: 20,943rdSafest: 22,461stLargest Welfare Programs: 23,803rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23,862ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 23,905th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Barquala's influence in The United Nations of Relative Logic fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Barquala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed, Largest Information Technology Sector, and Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, neon signs promoting safe driving often distract drivers.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, road rage is rarer but more terminal now that many people drive fully-operational battle tanks to work.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, the meaning of life was recently discovered in the patch notes for Version 1.42.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, citizens sell their moldy bread as homemade penicillin.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, Leader claims to be the epitome of family values.
  • : Following new legislation in Barquala, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.

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