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The Deep Black Canyon of Rocke Bottom

“How low can we go?”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Location: Freshness

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise


The Deep Black Canyon of Rocke Bottom is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Underbelly with an even hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, parental licensing program, and zero percent divorce rate. The compassionate, hard-working population of 17.676 billion Rocke Bottomers have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Downunder City. The average income tax rate is 52.4%.

The all-consuming Rocke Bottomian economy, worth a remarkable 1,126 trillion rockes 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 large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Cheese Exports, Basket Weaving, and Trout Farming. 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 63,724 rockes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Minorities play dumb to get more welfare payments, urban citizens are forced onto public transport while rural citizens ride horses and buggies, motorists' locations are constantly tracked by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and tax avoidance is a serious affair. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Rocke Bottom's national animal is the Rocke lobster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Rocke Bottom is ranked 233,003rd in the world and 11th in Freshness for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.76 bananas ingested per day.

Most Stationary: 4,219thHighest Crime Rates: 7,003rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,491stMost Rebellious Youth: 7,928thLargest Black Market: 9,817thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,895thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,777thLargest Populations: 15,028thMost Inclusive: 15,734thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,874thHighest Economic Output: 18,534thMost Influential: 20,180thHighest Food Quality: 21,502ndMost Cultured: 23,264th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the region

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