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Greater Taggart

Population711 million



The Federal Republic of Greater Taggart is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 711 million Taggartarians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Norkippa. The average income tax rate is 35.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Greater Taggartian economy, worth 64.3 trillion Steeles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 90,386 Steeles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life, state-manufactured hammers and sickles are here to stay, and almost half of the child population live rough on the streets. Crime is totally unknown. Greater Taggart's national animal is the Griffin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Greater Taggart is ranked 219,277th in the world and 91st in Blackstar for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 44.48 Whatever.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,740thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,950thMost Armed: 6,222ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,035thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,263rdTop
Most Secular: 16,081stMost Inclusive: 20,231stMost Rebellious Youth: 21,589thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,122ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,367thSmartest Citizens: 24,201st
Most Armed: 1st in the regionTop
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the region

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