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The Republic of Australente

“The land where sand meets ice.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population683 million

CapitalRio d'Australente


The Republic of Australente is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its irreverence towards religion, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 683 million Australenteans 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 medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rio d'Australente. The average income tax rate is 38.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Australentean economy, worth 21.2 trillion Unidas a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 31,020 Unidas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?", flu research is commonly shut down for fear of creating a superbug, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, and many marriages go virtually unconsummated. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Australente's national animal is the Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Australente is ranked 37,650th in the world and 1,765th in The North Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 71 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 899thTop
Most Influential: 2,761stTop
Most Pacifist: 10,610thSafest: 12,617thMost Income Equality: 16,648th
Most Pacifist: 568th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 609th in the regionSafest: 658th in the regionMost Influential: 785th in the regionMost Income Equality: 826th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 155 » Glurponia, The Rhein States, Alunya, Yaorozu, Corfad, Territorio di Nessuno, El Fiji Grande, Ethnon, Great Bights Mum, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Loutsland, Napnomadia, Test for a new hope, Wilkshire, Koda-Land, Prydania, Notyoutopia, Subjugators, Jasminlandia, 1 very fast endotarter, Shibutani, Zumlandia, Shadowrik, Selfgradatude, Dar es Saalam, Omnistria, Sunto, Egalico, Trillius, Sundred, North Bratislava, Dreadton, Spartoptia, Guer Aike, Kwaj, Federation Terra Australis, Black Templares, PlanetPunk, Aratani, Sockmanland, Wisconsota, Malta Comino Gozo, Seenvorland, Haor Chall, Xzavia-Hjar, Lindsaystan, Wineclaw, Siwale, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Bearical, and 105 others.Steampunk Ariel, Amauri, Torakuen, Elder Realms, Sil Dorsett, Racoda, New Bremerton, Penrith, Runeda, Pallaith, Frances Francis the First of France, Avemterra, Vincone Cae, Abject Ludicrosity, Cuyan, Makersaulache, Kasazzastan, Daiz, The Derpercratic Empire of Derpiness, Valhalla123, Juggernautilus, Tamgu, Zeternia, Concordare, Maott, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Flos, New Octicarg, PotatoFarmers, Holy Oranz, Lanterkint, Styrica, Sunaiya, Duerrlewang, Moisus, Ibiscaton, Lesbian Femdom, Victoriaans Nederlands, Orado, Sacrento, McMasterdonia, Faircliff, General COE, The Stratosphere Islands, Votak Matim, Miruma, Puczovska, Delmak, Fizban, Orven, Guslantis, Ponantine, Impler, Tellavinna, Joodey, Nakayo, Pasargad, Yewbow, Ozstan, The Nation that will win Soops for 9003, Gnomewatchers, The Iron Lions, Potestasia, Loli County, Moubarakistan, Eteles, Avenged Sevenfoldia, Serendipita Martia, Lendara, Universal State Formula, Neworva, Federalania, Clan Spaniel, Nothru Lerple, Prevaland, Wallachian People, Altamonte, Xagill, Xentherida, Angshire, Kranostav, United Kahndaq, Germanic Araya, Zecit, Yukti, Empy, Pazair, Phoeba, Viridiann, Daymonskinner, Dabarastan, United Anglo-America, Parmovand, Nordic-British Union, Zyvetskistaahn, Vartaraxwess, Astronomical, Eravonia, Ravendi, Huks Gares, East Akra, The Reorganized Arctic Territories, Interdimensional Zone, La Switzerland, and Goldenis.

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