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The Future of Better Times

“There's hope for the future, Better Times ahead”

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Location: Vlaanderen

Regional Influence: Vassal


The Future of Better Times is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by MrTimes with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, strictly enforced bedtime, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 30.495 billion Better Timesians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Administration, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of TimesCity. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Better Timesian economy, worth a remarkable 5,218 trillion Euros 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Uranium Mining, Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Pizza Delivery. 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 an impressive 171,120 Euros, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 736,991 per year while the poor average 25,351, a ratio of 29.1 to 1.

High school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental, young schoolchildren pledge allegiance to One Nation Under Bum Indivisible By Poo, and a serf by any other name works just as hard. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Better Times's national animal is the Leeuw, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Atheism.

Better Times is ranked 114,742nd in the world and 38th in Vlaanderen for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 1,898.81 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 580thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 581stLargest Mining Sector: 717thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,110thMost Stationary: 1,229thLargest Black Market: 1,377thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,358thMost Avoided: 2,406thHighest Economic Output: 2,430thTop
Highest Crime Rates: 2,845thLargest Populations: 3,060thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,683rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,278thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,327thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,569thMost Armed: 4,627thMost Devout: 4,735thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,245thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,454thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,674thMost Efficient Economies: 6,744thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,350thMost Influential: 7,931stHighest Average Incomes: 11,391stMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,838thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,360thTop
Smartest Citizens: 15,801stLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,284thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,267thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,914thLargest Agricultural Sector: 26,048th
Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionMost Conservative: 9th in the region

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