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The Democratic Socialist States of Ardenaea

“Strength in Unity, Unity in Equality”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Osiris



Population3.479 billion


Animalred panda

The Democratic Socialist States of Ardenaea is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its national health service, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.479 billion Ardenaeans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Welfare, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mundelein. The average income tax rate is 75.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Ardenaean economy, worth 335 trillion denars a year, is highly specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 96,384 denars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Leader to meetings with foreign heads of state, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, and the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Ardenaea's national animal is the red panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ardenaea is ranked 165,643rd in the world and 7,063rd in Osiris for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -19.01 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 692ndTop
Most Influential: 1,893rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,660thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,917thMost Pacifist: 4,811thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,314thNicest Citizens: 5,519thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,807thBest Weather: 6,451stSafest: 6,709thMost Inclusive: 7,546thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,532ndHealthiest Citizens: 9,822ndLongest Average Lifespans: 10,008thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,374thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,759thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,486thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,536thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,261stMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,345thMost Developed: 15,514thSmartest Citizens: 16,029thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,235thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,702nd
Most Influential: 17th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 33rd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 205th in the regionMost Pacifist: 243rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 245th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 252nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 259th in the regionBest Weather: 301st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 308th in the regionTop
Safest: 364th in the regionMost Inclusive: 371st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 488th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 499th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 535th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 537th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 563rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 608th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 708th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 715th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ardenaea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Ardenaea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Ardenaea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Ardenaea's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Ardenaea's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Ardenaea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Ardenaea's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Ardenaea was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Ardenaea ceased to exist in The East Pacific.
  • : Ardenaea was endorsed by The United Kingdom of La xinga.


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