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Most Influential: 775thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,430thMost Devout: 5,892nd
The Rogue Nation of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
The Syndicate decides who lives and who dies.
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Biggles Syndicate

Population9.022 billion

CapitalFission City
LeaderDirk Valence
FaithPresbyterianism

CurrencyBiggie
AnimalParrot

The Rogue Nation of The Biggles Syndicate is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Dirk Valence with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 9.022 billion Syndicaters love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fission City. The average income tax rate is 79.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Biggles Syndicatean economy, worth 999 trillion Biggies a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 110,814 Biggies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, and romantic sunsets are no longer interrupted by explosions and monstrous roars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Biggles Syndicate's national animal is the Parrot, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Presbyterianism.

The Biggles Syndicate is ranked 189,225th in the world and 1,807th in 10000 Islands for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -9.59 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,430thMost Devout: 5,892ndSafest: 6,328thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,728thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,642ndBest Weather: 8,741stMost Beautiful Environments: 9,659thMost Stationary: 9,805thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,002ndLargest Publishing Industry: 10,100thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 10,363rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,417thMost Cultured: 10,497thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,533rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,019thLowest Crime Rates: 11,031stMost Advanced Public Education: 12,631stMost Developed: 12,678thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,758thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,799thSmartest Citizens: 13,814thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,265thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,318thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,424thLargest Governments: 16,707thHighest Economic Output: 16,831st
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Most Devout: 59th in the regionMost Influential: 63rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 88th in the regionMost Stationary: 93rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 94th in the regionTop
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Safest: 113th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 138th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 146th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 156th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 160th in the regionBest Weather: 169th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 170th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 173rd in the regionMost Cultured: 174th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 179th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 188th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 192nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 195th in the regionLargest Populations: 200th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 200th in the regionMost Developed: 200th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 202nd in the region

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