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The Confederated City-States of Arclandia

“Accountability, Empathy, Integrity, Justice”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus

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Arclandia

Population2.37 billion

CapitalAdminishire
LeaderArc Ignius Rex

Currencye-coin
AnimalStaffordshire Bull Terrier

The Confederated City-States of Arclandia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Arc Ignius Rex with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, keen interest in outer space, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.37 billion Arclandians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Welfare, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Adminishire. The average income tax rate is 87.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Arclandian economy, worth 225 trillion e-coins a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 95,297 e-coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Throwing garbage out of your house's front window makes it legally someone else's problem, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Arclandian satellites can detect it, untold millions of e-coins are going into a new government-funded maternity leave scheme, and reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arclandia's national animal is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Arclandia is ranked 186,612th in the world and 7,652nd in Lazarus for Largest Black Market, with 38.4 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,770thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,415thMost Influential: 3,168thMost Pacifist: 3,520thSafest: 3,918thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,181stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,185thNicest Citizens: 4,678thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,278thMost Inclusive: 5,280thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,514thBest Weather: 5,611thHealthiest Citizens: 6,661stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,992ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,088thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,471stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,955thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,733rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,518thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,782ndSmartest Citizens: 11,990thTop
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Most Secular: 13,493rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,906thLowest Crime Rates: 16,768thLargest Governments: 16,936thMost Cultured: 19,449thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,372ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,183rdMost Developed: 22,907th
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Most Influential: 51st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 66th in the regionTop
5%
Largest Welfare Programs: 102nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 149th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 155th in the regionNicest Citizens: 181st in the regionSafest: 196th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 202nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 203rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 216th in the regionBest Weather: 257th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 260th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 333rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 355th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 397th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 413th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 415th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 443rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 501st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 612th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 627th in the regionMost Secular: 729th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 819th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Arclandia, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors.
  • : Arclandia was reclassified from "Left-wing Utopia" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Arclandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Arclandia, untold millions of e-coins are going into a new government-funded maternity leave scheme.
  • : Following new legislation in Arclandia, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Arclandian satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in Arclandia, throwing garbage out of your house's front window makes it legally someone else's problem.
  • : Arclandia lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.
  • : Arclandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Arclandia, ticket touts are blamed for the downfall of communism.
  • : Arclandia lodged a message on the Lazarus Regional Message Board.

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