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The Free Union of Arcadea

“I Will Defend”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Federation of Conservative Nations



Population3.934 billion

LeaderProtector Theodore Forrester

Animalghost bear

The Free Union of Arcadea is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Protector Theodore Forrester with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed population of 3.934 billion Arcadeans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riverspring. The average income tax rate is 19.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Arcadean economy, worth 404 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 102,792 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Conspiracy theorists allege Riverspring's new subway map resembles Satanic symbols, the might of the entire Arcadean Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, the nation leads Federation of Conservative Nations in per capita stalking, and consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arcadea's national animal is the ghost bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is deism.

Arcadea is ranked 142,947th in the world and 193rd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 25.86 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Highest Disposable Incomes: 9,689thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,403rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,108thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,737thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,377th
Most Rebellious Youth: 24th in the region

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