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The Free Federation of Aritzoska

“We live, we breathe, equality we receive.” David Plattix

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population1.268 billion

LeaderDavid Plattix

CurrencyDigital Aritzok

The Free Federation of Aritzoska is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by David Plattix with an even hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, hatred of cheese, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.268 billion Zanosi are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Environment, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lonolia. The average income tax rate is 81.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Zanos economy, worth 124 trillion Digital Aritzoks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 98,341 Digital Aritzoks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Voting is compulsory, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators, David Plattix can often be seen hanging around playgrounds chatting with the kids, and former planespotters are dusting off long-abandoned anoraks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aritzoska's national animal is the Tardigrade, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aritzoska is ranked 8,863rd in the world and 241st in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,990.44 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,449thMost Influential: 3,678thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,936thMost Pacifist: 4,598thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,931stSafest: 7,580thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,728thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,001stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,253rdHealthiest Citizens: 8,621stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,656thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,863rdMost Inclusive: 9,078thNicest Citizens: 9,140thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,403rdBest Weather: 10,339thTop
Most Secular: 11,581stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,954thSmartest Citizens: 13,541stHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,880thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,284thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,457thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,843rdLowest Crime Rates: 17,224thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,955thLargest Governments: 19,301stMost Developed: 19,564thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,569th
Largest Welfare Programs: 120th in the regionMost Pacifist: 173rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 184th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 241st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 248th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 268th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 269th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 271st in the regionSafest: 275th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 276th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 299th in the regionNicest Citizens: 313th in the regionMost Inclusive: 315th in the regionBest Weather: 346th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 381st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 405th in the regionMost Secular: 407th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 422nd in the regionMost Influential: 425th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 430th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 494th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 500th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 514th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 514th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 556th in the regionLargest Governments: 572nd in the regionMost Developed: 590th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 692nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 785th in the region

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