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The Republic of Aranan

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus



Population4.029 billion

CapitalThe Home Of Aranan
LeaderThe Collective Of Aranan


The Republic of Aranan is a massive, genial nation, ruled by The Collective Of Aranan with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.029 billion Arananians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Home Of Aranan. The average income tax rate is 81.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Arananian economy, worth 363 trillion pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 90,178 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, and every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aranan's national animal is the parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Secularism.

Aranan is ranked 38,885th in the world and 2,081st in Lazarus for Highest Average Incomes, with 90,178.37 Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,622ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,219thMost Inclusive: 8,414thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,609thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,496thNicest Citizens: 9,845thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,704thSmartest Citizens: 11,024thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,842ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,527thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,902ndLowest Crime Rates: 13,222ndHealthiest Citizens: 13,670thSafest: 14,218thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,765thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,148thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,160thMost Income Equality: 15,289thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,563rdMost Secular: 16,676thLargest Governments: 16,684thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,349thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,033rdLargest Welfare Programs: 18,372nd
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 238th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 338th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 418th in the regionMost Income Equality: 420th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 473rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 490th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 497th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 601st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 621st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 673rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 711th in the regionSafest: 757th in the region

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