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The Highway of 401

“Highway of Heroes”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: Toronto

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401

Population12.879 billion

Currencydollar
Animaldeer

The Highway of 401 is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its burgeoning deer population. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 12.879 billion 401ers enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21.5%.

The very strong 401ian economy, worth 407 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 31,629 dollars, with the richest citizens earning 6.2 times as much as the poorest.

Euthanasia is legal, voting is voluntary, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, and deers are considered a delicacy. Crime is moderate. 401's national animal is the deer, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

401 is ranked 120,401st in the world and 6th in Toronto for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring zero on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 14,685thMost Politically Free: 14,775thLargest Populations: 14,961stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,661st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : 401 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : 401's influence in Toronto rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".

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