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The Republic of Arelplace

“Si parare possis, vivere septem”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific



Population7.701 billion

LeaderLaddington McLad

AnimalArctic crow

The Republic of Arelplace is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Laddington McLad with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.701 billion Arelplaceans 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, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bisulifan. The average income tax rate is 79.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Arelplacean economy, worth 380 trillion pelves a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 49,389 pelves, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Statues of famous citizens are erected or demolished on a purely partisan basis, many friends and relatives of Laddington McLad have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, white strait-jackets are the new orange jumpsuits, and advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Laddington McLad's most personal functions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arelplace's national animal is the Arctic crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Arelplace is ranked 190,878th in the world and 7,647th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -7.58 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,278thMost Influential: 2,286thBest Weather: 6,608thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,712thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,528thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,812thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,650thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,534thNicest Citizens: 13,828thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,668thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,604thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,982ndMost Stationary: 19,237thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,751stLargest Welfare Programs: 20,660thMost Pacifist: 20,775thHealthiest Citizens: 20,782nd
Best Weather: 205th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 265th in the regionMost Influential: 266th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 282nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 326th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 350th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 351st in the regionMost Stationary: 366th in the regionLargest Populations: 367th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 436th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 495th in the regionNicest Citizens: 507th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 578th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 580th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 582nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 614th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 621st in the regionMost Cultured: 661st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 670th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 692nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 807th in the regionMost Inclusive: 828th in the region

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