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It depends on the cycle the country is in.  If the country's immediate safety is being threatened by an invading army tax rates really don't matter.   After a country can defend itself then the discretionary tax base begins.  Death is not imminent when a bureaucrat in a capital city is not there to represent you versus an invading army a few miles down the road marching through your town.  Countries that can operate generally at the lowest levels possible as far as overhead expense tend to do better.  The more degrees of separation you have with your money there tends to be a much higher expense in the carrying out of those activities.