If you'd like to see kleptocracies, visit Scandinavia. I lived in Norway for 3 years and have been back several times, currently work for a subsidiary in Sweden. People with marketable skills are leaving, esp. in Sweden which is part of the EU, meaning that Swedes can relocate anywhere within the EU. It's true that they like their benefits (esp. healthcare) but the confiscatory tax structure is very unpopular. In both Norway & Sweden large numbers of immigrants are causing significant problems in the major cities, although it's not considered politically correct to discuss it in that context. Immigrant gangs are a constant source of headlines in Göteborg. The problem is, they need the influx of younger immigrants to generate tax revenues to support the oldest generations that are drawing benefits. Otherwise, the natives tend to limit themselves to small families and the systems become overwhelmed with beneficiaries drawing from it. Scandinavia is not idyllic political & economic scene that you'd like paint.