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Now that the country is essentially filled up,

At number 178 out of 239 in a list of countries ordered by population density, (and at only  2/3 of the world average)  your nearer empty than full.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 08:53:31 AM EST
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By overall population density, that's true. However, middle third of the country is pretty dry, suitable for wheat farming, and the western third of the country is essentially a wasteland. West of the 100 degree longitude line, there is not enough rainfall (except in isolated areas) to support farming. Alaska is pretty tough to live in on a year-round basis, and is huge.

by asdf on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 09:02:54 AM EST
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Australia may similarly seem to be "empty" but the parts that can sustain any kind of human life are actually rather restricted...

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 14th, 2010 at 02:41:29 PM EST
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