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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 40thMost Advanced Public Transport: 57thLargest Welfare Programs: 74th
The Socialist Union of
Left-wing Utopia
To Communism Through Science and Socialism!
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Blaist Blaland

Population20.581 billion

CapitalBlanaxon
LeaderThe Blaist Communist Party

CurrencyWork Unit
AnimalAfrican Grey Parrot

The Socialist Union of Blaist Blaland is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Blaist Communist Party with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, sprawling nuclear power plants, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 20.581 billion Blaites 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, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blanaxon. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Blaite economy, worth a remarkable 5,656 trillion Work Units 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 mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 274,818 Work Units, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Blaite watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, and asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes. Crime is totally unknown. Blaist Blaland's national animal is the African Grey Parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Blaist Blaland is ranked 132,354th in the world and 317th in The Communist Bloc for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 739.47 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 40thMost Advanced Public Transport: 57thLargest Welfare Programs: 74thMost Advanced Public Education: 82ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 118thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 142ndMost Developed: 156thHighest Average Tax Rates: 161stLongest Average Lifespans: 175thMost Pacifist: 214thHealthiest Citizens: 218thLargest Governments: 224thLeast Corrupt Governments: 245thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 264thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 336thBest Weather: 346thMost Beautiful Environments: 374thSmartest Citizens: 414thSafest: 435thMost Cheerful Citizens: 469thLowest Crime Rates: 511thNicest Citizens: 589thMost Compassionate Citizens: 677thMost Subsidized Industry: 785thHighest Poor Incomes: 893rdMost Inclusive: 956thMost Secular: 1,078thMost Influential: 1,263rdHighest Economic Output: 1,680thMost Efficient Economies: 1,698thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,754thTop
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Most Cultured: 2,514thHighest Average Incomes: 2,691stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,828thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,314thLargest Populations: 7,138thMost Stationary: 9,238thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,627thTop
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Most Income Equality: 16,891stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,979thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,664th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Influential: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 26th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionMost Secular: 35th in the regionMost Inclusive: 35th in the regionMost Cultured: 37th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 49th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 63rd in the regionNudest: 75th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 82nd in the region

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