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The Republic of Avascia

“Money IS happiness”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific



Population275 million



The Republic of Avascia is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ban on automobiles, and suspicion of poets. The hard-working, democratic population of 275 million Avascians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Defense, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Avasciopolis. The average income tax rate is 4.9%.

The very strong Avascian economy, worth 23.3 trillion Avaroes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Trout Farming, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 84,853 Avaroes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

The Avascia Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, foreign casinos have trouble paying fans who bet on the Avasciopolis Pigs' triumph against long odds, and Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Avascia's new capital. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Avascia's national animal is the Pig, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Avascia is ranked 14,166th in the world and 758th in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 5,367.83 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,076thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,170thMost Influential: 6,747thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 9,690thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,984thMost Politically Free: 11,438thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12,007thRudest Citizens: 12,485thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,166thLargest Retail Industry: 14,763rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,919th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 230th in the regionMost Politically Free: 269th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 426th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 483rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 486th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 501st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 699th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 741st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 758th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 787th in the region

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