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The Road to Serfdom of Highway Eighty-Eight

“Embark the Road to Serfdom”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Location: Libertatem

Regional Influence: Diplomat

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The Road to Serfdom of Highway Eighty-Eight is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Most Holy Gas Gauge with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, complete absence of social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.532 billion motorists hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Roadsalem. The average income tax rate is 26.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong motorist economy, worth 259 trillion Roadshekels a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 34,461 Roadshekels, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace', forest fires have dropped dramatically as there are hardly any forests left, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation, and the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Highway Eighty-Eight's national animal is the motorist, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roadaeism.

Highway Eighty-Eight is ranked 248,164th in the world and 12th in Libertatem for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.59 bananas ingested per day.

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Highest Drug Use: 1,176thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 4,948thHighest Crime Rates: 5,916thFattest Citizens: 8,774thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,127thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,354thTop
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Most Armed: 15,463rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,101stMost Influential: 16,818thMost Stationary: 17,576thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,073rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,836thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,253rdMost Politically Free: 21,798thBest Weather: 23,140th
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the region

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