Baja LasVegastan  


   Introduction    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page

Baja LasVegastan was founded on Monday, October 31, 4004 BC -- the Ninth Day, according to the proleptic Julian calendar.

God commanded the creation of the universe on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC, the First Day. 

On the Sixth Day (Friday the 28th), God created Jim-Bob the First, Adam, Eve, and Satan.

On the Seventh Day (Saturday, the 29th), all five of them rested: 
- God,
- Jim-Bob the First,
- Adam,
- Eve, and
- Satan. 

On the Eighth Day (Sunday, the 30th), Satan deceived Adam and Eve -- but was not capable of deceiving Jim-Bob the First, a creature of greater power.

On the Ninth Day (Monday, October 31, 4004 BC), "in the cool of the day" (that is, early morning), God discovered the deception and expelled Adam and Eve to the badlands.

That same Ninth Day, God gave sovereignty over The Garden of Eden to Jim-Bob the First, as a reward for having resisted Satan. (The Book of Genesis was written by Adam, and -- out of embarrassment -- omits any mention of Jim-Bob the First and of his superior abilities in resisting temptation.)

Also on that same Ninth Day, God gave vassalage over the badlands -- everything other than The Garden of Eden -- to Adam and Eve, under the suzerainty of Jim-Bob the First. This began, of course, with the badlands of the Middle East -- but continued to all of the other badlands on the planet, of which there are plenty. A very good example of "badlands, big time" is Plainfield, New Jersey, in either February or August. Badlands. Big time.

"Someday," said God to Jim-Bob the First on that Ninth Day, October 31, 4004 BC, "I will create a city across the mountains, in the high desert. Spain will call it 'Alta Las Vegas', and the USA will turn it into a place of gambling and debauchery. Knowing this, O Sovereign of The Garden, would you like to rename The Garden?". So Jim-Bob the First renamed it "The Benevolent Dictatorship of Baja LasVegastan", and he named himself Benevolent Dictator, all in accordance with God's commands.

Three thousand years later, on October 31, 1004 BC, Jim-Bob the First ascended into heaven without death, as commanded by God; and God enthroned Jim-Bob the Second.

Three thousand years after that was in 1997 AD, and not in 1996 AD, since there was no "year 0" between 1 BC and 1 AD. In 1997 AD, Jim-Bob the Second likewise ascended into heaven without death, as commanded by God; and God enthroned Jim-Bob the Third.

Since God had replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar in 1582 AD, a conversion was required for the date of the founding of the Benevolent Dictatorship. The Ninth Day -- according to the proleptic Julian calendar ("O.S.", or "Old Style") -- was October 31, 4004 BC. According to the proleptic Gregorian calendar ("N.S.", or "New Style"), the Ninth Day was September 21, 4004 BC. 

God therefore commanded that September 21 be the National Day of Baja LasVegastan for all years after 1582 AD. Indeed, God enthroned Jim-Bob the Third on September 21, 1997 AD -- and not on Halloween of that year. 

Perhaps, three thousand years after that -- that is, on September 21, 4997 AD -- God will command Jim-Bob the Third to follow Jim-Bobs the First and Second into heaven without death. Perhaps God will then also command the destruction of the universe.

Or perhaps not. No man knows what God will command. The wise man obeys God's commands as they come. He does not attempt to predict God's commands, nor does he attempt to suggest to God what they should be.

Since the enthronement of Jim-Bob the Second in 1004 BC, the surrounding badlands have been occupied (in succession) by the Acjachemen tribe, Spain, Mexico, and the USA. All have acknowledged the Benevolent Dictator's suzerainty and all have paid tribute to him. 

Indeed, the USA (the current vassal over the surrounding badlands) has been snookered into regarding "Tom Streeter" (the nom de baja which Jim-Bob the Third has chosen for his earthly incarnation) as a USA citizen (born in July). It therefore denominates its tribute to him (but only for internal accounting purposes) as "benefits to a disabled USA Army veteran", "social security", and "IRA withdrawals". 

As an homage to the success of this deceit, Jim-Bob the Third celebrates "Baja LasVegastan Independence Day" on the Third Sunday of July rather than in September (or, for that matter, October). 

   Geography    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page
North America, completely surrounded by the USA, approximately 500 km southwest of Las Vegas and 0.2 km inland from the Pacific Ocean
Geographic coordinates:
33 N, 117 W
total: 0.0003 sq km
land: 0.0003 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative:
about fifteen hundred times smaller than the world's second smallest state, Holy See (Vatican City)
Land boundaries:
total: 0.00007 km
border countries: USA 0.00007 km
0 km (landlocked)
Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)
temperate and dry, rainfall occurs mostly in winter months
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: unnamed location 42 m
highest point: unnamed location 42 m
Natural resources:
Land use:
arable land: 5%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 95%
Irrigated land:
0.00002 sq km
Natural hazards:
Environment - current issues:
fallen leaves render the patio unsightly
Environment - international agreements:
party to: none
signed, but not ratified: none
Geography - note:
world's smallest country by size and by population; highest and lowest point differ by less than a tenth of a meter
   People    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page
2 (includes 1 resident alien from the USA)
Age structure:
0-17 years: 0% (male 0/female 0)
18-49 years: 0% (male 0/female 0)
50 years and over: 100% (male 1/female 1)
Median age:
total: 62.0 years
male: 62.0 years
female: 62.0 years
Population growth rate:
Birth rate:
0.00 births/1,000 population
Death rate:
0.00 deaths/1,000 population
Net migration rate:
0.00 migrant(s)/1,000 population
Sex ratio:
at birth: N/A male(s)/female
under 18 years: N/A male(s)/female
18-49 years: N/A male(s)/female
50 years and over: 1.00 male(s)/female
total population: 1.00 male(s)/female
Infant mortality rate:
total: 0.00 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 0.00 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 0.00 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 1539 years
male: 3000 years
female: 78 years
Total fertility rate:
0.00 children born/woman
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
noun: Baja LasVegastani(s)
adjective: Baja LasVegastani
Ethnic groups:
white 100%
other 100%
English 100%
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100%
   Government    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page
Country name:
conventional long form: Benevolent Dictatorship of Baja LasVegastan
conventional short form: Baja LasVegastan
abbreviation: LN or BLN
Government type:
benevolent dictatorship
name: Baja LasVegastopolis
geographic coordinates: 33 N, 117 W
time difference: UTC-8 (during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November
note: Pacific Time, in effect in surrounding USA territory, follows Baja LasVegastani practice
Administrative divisions:
5 provinces: Housestan, BackPatioistan, FrontYardistan, SideYardistan, DetatchedGaragestan
2 special administrative regions: CommonAreastan (shared with 28 landowners across the international frontier in the USA), HotTubistan
Dependent areas:
the universe
31 October 4004 BC (O.S.) (granted sovereignty by God)
National holiday:
Benevolent Dictator's Birthday (observed), Third Sunday of July
31 October 4004 BC (O.S.), effective 31 October 4004 BC (O.S.)
Legal system:
benevolent dictator is sole and supreme judge; does not accept compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Executive branch:
chief of state: Benevolent Dictator Tom STREETER (since 21 September 1997)
head of government: Benevolent Dictator Tom STREETER (since 21 September 1997)
cabinet: none
elections: none
Legislative branch:
the benevolent dictator is sole and supreme law giver
Judicial branch:
the benevolent dictator is sole and supreme judge
Political parties and leaders:
Imperial Benevolent Democratic People's Royal Republican Green Liberation Dictatorial Party [Tom STREETER, first secretary]
Political pressure groups and leaders:
Dictatorial Liberation Green Republican Royal People's Democratic Benevolent Imperial Alliance [Tom STREETER, chairman]
International organization participation:
Flag description:
three equal vertical bands: orange (hoist side), blue, and yellow 
   Economy    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page
Economy - overview:
Baja LasVegastan practices rentier capitalism. It produces nothing but shrub clippings and trash, and it imports everything from the USA. Tribute paid by the USA government to the Benevolent Dictator provides 100% of its income.
GDP (purchasing power parity):
$0.00 trillion
GDP (official exchange rate):
$0.00 trillion
GDP - real growth rate:
GDP - per capita (PPP):
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 0.0001%
industry: 0%
services: 0%
economic rent: 99.9999%
Labor force:
Labor force - by occupation:
Unemployment rate:
Population below poverty line:
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 100%
highest 10%: 100%
(there is only one household)
Distribution of family income - Gini index:
0 (there is only one family)
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
0%, by benevolent decree. The benevolent dictator has permitted the currency of his vassal, the USA Dollar, to float freely against the Baja LasVegastani Chip.
Investment (gross fixed):
revenues: N/A
expenditures: N/A
Public debt:
Agriculture - products:
shrub clippings
Industrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:
0.000 trillion kWh
Electricity - consumption:
Electricity - exports:
0.00 billion kWh (2004)
Electricity - imports:
Oil - production:
0.00 million bbl/day
Oil - consumption:
0.00 million bbl/day
Oil - exports:
0.00 million bbl/day
Oil - imports:
0.00 million bbl/day
Oil - proved reserves:
0.00 billion bbl
Natural gas - production:
0.00 billion cu m
Natural gas - consumption:
Natural gas - exports:
0.00 billion cu m
Natural gas - imports:
Natural gas - proved reserves:
0.000 trillion cu m
Current account balance:
Exports - commodities:
trash, shrub clippings
Exports - partners:
USA 100%
Imports - commodities:
Imports - partners:
USA 100%
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
Debt - external:
Economic aid - donor:
Currency (code):
Baja LasVegastani Chip (LNC)
Exchange rates:
Fiscal year:
1 January - 31 December
   Communications    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page
Telephones - main lines in use:
Telephones - mobile cellular:
Telephone system:
general assessment: automatic exchange
domestic: the Benevolent Dictator permits his vassal, the USA, to use the Baja LasVegastani system
international: country code - 1
Radio broadcast stations:
Television broadcast stations:
Internet country code:
Internet hosts:
Internet users:
   Transportation    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page
Merchant marine:
Ports and terminals:
   Military    Baja LasVegastan Top of Page
Military branches:
Imperial Benevolent Democratic People's Green Royal Republican Liberation Dictatorial Army
Military service age and obligation:
none; the IBDPGRRLDA is not currently accepting applications, and (the political situation being what it is) is unlikely to accept applications for the foreseeable future
Manpower available for military service:
males age 18-49: none
females age 18-49: none
Manpower fit for military service:
males age 18-49: none
females age 18-49: none