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The Republic of Blue Topaz

“Victory through death, death through victory.” The Empress

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific


Blue Topaz

Population1.698 billion

Capitaltopaz fields
LeaderThe Empress

Animalsea turtle

The Republic of Blue Topaz is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Empress with an even hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.698 billion Blue Topazians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of topaz fields. The average income tax rate is 53.0%.

The powerhouse Blue Topazian economy, worth 164 trillion dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 97,084 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's hospitals are criticized for caring more about profits than patients, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly, rabbits are known to spontaneously explode without warning, and abortion is only legal in unusual circumstances. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Blue Topaz's national animal is the sea turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Blue Topaz is ranked 2,330th in the world and 385th in the South Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 66 Valid Endorsements.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,330thMost Influential: 2,902ndLargest Insurance Industry: 7,611thTop
Most Inclusive: 16,338th
Largest Insurance Industry: 272nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 345th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 385th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 529th in the regionMost Inclusive: 565th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 572nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 615th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 647th in the region

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