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The Republic of Ardeyn

“The strong grow weak and the weak grow strong.” Prime Minister Barkley

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: The Region That Has No Big Banks

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Ardeyn

Population2.22 billion

CapitalHildebrand
LeaderPrime Minister Barkley
FaithAtheistic Satanism

Currencysquire
Animalspectacled bear

The Republic of Ardeyn is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Barkley with an even hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, unlimited-speed roads, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 2.22 billion Ardeyns are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hildebrand. The average income tax rate is 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ardeynic economy, worth 274 trillion squires a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 123,659 squires, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's youth would rather watch paint dry than the news, the latest superhero movie features a caped spectacled bear with adamantium claws, Ardeyn's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, and cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ardeyn's national animal is the spectacled bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheistic Satanism.

Ardeyn is ranked 223,450th in the world and 92nd in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.26 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Secular: 2,353rdTop
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Safest: 3,198thMost Influential: 4,465thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,626thBest Weather: 5,838thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,928thMost Pacifist: 5,982ndNicest Citizens: 6,042ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,084thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,315thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,334thLowest Crime Rates: 7,490thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,782ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,972ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,197thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,946thMost Inclusive: 8,950thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,153rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,273rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,495thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,498thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,859thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,001stLargest Welfare Programs: 10,069thMost Developed: 10,666thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,343rdTop
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Largest Governments: 12,419thMost Cultured: 13,840thSmartest Citizens: 14,015thMost Efficient Economies: 16,084thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,132ndMost Income Equality: 16,253rdLargest Publishing Industry: 17,991stMost Advanced Public Education: 18,651stHighest Average Incomes: 22,070thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,454thMost Valuable International Artwork: 23,849th
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Most Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionTop
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Safest: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 10th in the region

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