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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,467thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,458thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,811th
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Bedtime Story

Population1.578 billion


The United Kingdom of Bedtime Story is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.578 billion Bedtime Storyians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.0%.

The powerhouse Bedtime Storyian economy, worth 108 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. Average income is 68,645 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 348,788 per year while the poor average 7,475, a ratio of 46.7 to 1.

Balaclava manufacturers are held criminally culpable for bank heists, corporate lobbying has been outlawed, the government frequently panders to parents with boutique tax credits, and divorce is illegal. Crime is moderate. Bedtime Story's national animal is the elephant, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Bedtime Story is ranked 227,053rd in the world and 4,858th in Artificial Solar System for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 41.19 Whatever.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,467thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,458thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 13,811thMost Avoided: 16,494thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,532ndMost Primitive: 18,966thMost Pro-Market: 19,792ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,939thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,996thHighest Disposable Incomes: 23,714th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 43rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 49th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 68th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 75th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 82nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 128th in the regionFattest Citizens: 158th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 174th in the regionMost Avoided: 206th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 335th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 341st in the regionMost Primitive: 379th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 429th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 436th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 498th in the region

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